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She Dropped Out Of High School When She Got Pregnant And Her Farm Working Parents Gave Her All The Advice She Needed To Get A Master’s

Agriculture work is one of the most grueling jobs. Kneeling for hours upon hours, picking fruit and vegetables in extreme weather conditions is brutal. Ask any farm worker, and they will tell you the same thing: white people would never do this kind of work. That is why parents who work in the fields say to their kids to get an education because they do not want their kids to do the kind of work they do. That’s the advice that stuck with an incredible woman who has faced insurmountable obstacles of her own.

This recent grad went above and beyond to make her dreams comes true, thanks to her hard work, and her parent’s struggles.

Meet Erica Alfaro. She just got her master’s degree from San Diego State University in education, with a concentration in counseling. She is the daughter of Claudio Alfaro and Teresa Herrera who both work in agriculture at California’s Central Valley tomato fields.

“One day, I was very tired and told my mom, and she said to me, ‘This is how life is going to be from now on. The only people who don’t have to go through this get an education.’ Those words stuck with me,” Alfaro told CNN.

The 29-year-old dedicated her master’s degree with her parents and celebrated with a powerful photoshoot where they work.

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“With love I dedicate my master’s to my parents. Their sacrifice to come to this country to give us a better future was well worth it,” Alfaro wrote on her social media accounts.

Erica may not have had to struggle like her parents, but she did face several setbacks during her educational years.

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Not only did Erica quit high school at 15-years-old after she got pregnant, but her boyfriend at the time (who she moved in with), made her and the baby sleep outside. She moved back in with her parents and finished high school via homeschooling.

In 2012, she was accepted into California State University San Marcos but soon had to drop out because her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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“It took me almost six years to get my bachelor’s degree,” she told CNN.

She graduated in 2017 and had to the honor to be the commencement speaker at her graduation ceremony, and now two years later, she has her master’s degree.

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People on social media are praising her and her parents for all they have done.

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Such a beautiful rendering.

She got a cool shoutout from her school.

She has such an inspiring story that has touched so many.

Very inspiring!

Si se pudo, indeed!

Her parents inspired her, now she is doing the same for her son.

We can only imagine what her son will achieve thanks to his mom’s hard work.

The American dream is alive and well.

Congrats, Erica!

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A Black Teen Earned Over $1 Million In Scholarships From 18 Colleges That Accepted Her

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A Black Teen Earned Over $1 Million In Scholarships From 18 Colleges That Accepted Her

Shanya Robinson-Owens applied to over 20 colleges and has been accepted into 18 of them.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the high school senior has also been offered more than $1 million in scholarship money. The 17-year-old Philadelphia teen currently attends George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science but is headed towards a pretty bright and educated future.

According to a recent interview with “Good Morning America” the star student earned $1,074,260 in scholarships.

“We are overjoyed,” Robinson-Owens aunt told the show in a recent interview. “I knew she wouldn’t have a problem getting into colleges, but we didn’t know they would award her this much money in scholarship funds.”

Shanya, who was accepted to Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; La Salle University in Philadelphia; Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Temple University in Philadelphia and Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania, told GMA that she “wasn’t really expecting it” so many offers let alone so much money.

The senior currently holds a 3.2-grade point average and is a member of the school’s yearbook committee. She also works as an intern alongside her Chinese language teacher.

When it comes to the advice she’d give other students, Shayna says it’s important to “take your time” with your work and the application process.

“You really have to be patient,” Shanya explained. “Stay focused. If you need to have some time away, it’s OK. You can tell your teachers that because they know you’re stressed.”

“We’ve always been extremely proud of her,” Shanya’s aunt, Christine Owens, explained to GMA. “My mother has helped raise Shanya since she was a baby. We’ve just been working as a team making sure Shanya keeps God first in anything she does and she is succeeding.”

Speaking about Shanya, her school principal Ted Domers told GMA that Shanya is a “well-respected student at her school.”

“In addition to being a part of a movement to bring more social action to our school, she’s involved in a number of extracurricular activities that show the breadth of her skills, from robotics to journalism,” Domers explained. “It is a privilege for us to count Shanya as one of our own and we are excited to see her create opportunities for her future.”

Shanya has yet to make a college pick.

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Here’s To The Latina Graduates of 2020!

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Here’s To The Latina Graduates of 2020!

Every year we look forward to celebrating Latinas who have strived for their education Whether it’s graduating from high school, associate’s programs, colleges or graduate schools we know the great lengths these educated Latinas have taken to achieve success. This year, our celebration of the class of 2020 is a little bit different. This is, especially considering that so many students are having to forfeit bigger celebrations in order to ensure the safety and security of others during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

For many of the Latinas crossing the virtual stage this year, getting to and through college was no easy feat, particularly because of the various obstacles institutions have set in their way. Still, in true #Latinapower, they persisted and now join this year’s group of graduates.

Here’s a look at the Latinas graduating this year despite the odds that were stacked against them!

This HUSR grad who is a first-gen Latina going on to bigger and better things!

And pursuing a career that our community can use more experts in, no doubt!

This Latina ready to head into STEM.

Here’s to another Latina PhD in the making!

This chica with big ambitions.

As this Latina points out, this is just the start for her!

This fierce graduate with her eyes set on the prize.

This butterfly has some big wings to spread out!

This chica who set her eyes on the Bachelor’s prize.

We adore this chica for pursuing her ambitions!

This chica, with her cap on right!

Because we all know how to grind like a molcajete.

This chica who plans on making a big difference by sharing her education.

She’s got her eye on the prize and it includes giving kids her all.

This chica who had a cap made just for her, a year ahead of her graduation.

Now THAT is determination.

We love this chica for wearing the sweetest Sarape sash.

Talk about wearing your culture on your sleeve!

Congratulations Class of 2020 grads!

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