These Immigrant Parents Worked Their Asses Off in the US and Now Two of their Kids Are in Ivy League Schools
Meet Edgar and Cesar García.
They were born in Michoacan, Mexico.
Their parents, Juan and Patricia García, immigrated from Uruapan, Michoacán, México to the U.S. when Edgar and Cesar were kids.
Edgar was 9 years old. Cesar was only 6 years old.
The García family settled in Watsonville, California, a working class city in Northern California.
Edgar and Cesar’s parents found jobs at Dole – Juan as a forklift driver and Patricia as a box maker.
Fast-forward … In 2012, Edgar graduated as the valedictorian of Watsonville High.
That’s him running for Watsonville High’s cross country team.
Last year, Cesar – who skipped first grade, btw – graduated from Ceiba College Preparatory Academy.
Edgar told mitú that his parents’ work ethic inspired him and his siblings to work hard.
“Their hard work and dedication showed as they worked long hours during our weekends and summers. This was hard for me growing up because they were always working and all I wanted to do was spend time with them. As I grow older, I have learned to value what they have done for my brothers and me. It makes me value their sacrifices and I realize that everything they do is for us.”
It paid off: Edgar was accepted to Brown University. Yep, IVY LEAGUE.
He’s studying biology and hopes to become a doctor. His chances look great: he has guaranteed admission to Brown’s medical school upon graduation.
Cesar is currently in his first year at Yale University. Also IVY LEAGUE.
He’s majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Nice job, Edgar and Cesar’s parents.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund agrees. They’ve named Juan and Patricia García “Parents of the Year” for the 2015 “Leaders in Education” Awards.
Cesar told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that he’s proud to represent Watsonville at Yale.
“Going away made me realize that Watsonville is a special part of who I am and where I come from.”
Edgar, who is currently studying in Spain, doesn’t think he’s special – he just worked really hard to reach his goals.
“It’s easy to get stuck and make yourself believe that you won’t make it. Sometimes all it takes is believing and being willing to put in the work. I’ve been told many times that it was ‘easy’ for me because I’m smart. To be honest, I don’t think I am smarter than other students… the way I would describe it is, you can’t join a team and expect to be the top athlete from one day to another, it takes hard work, dedication and the mentality that you want to be at the top.”
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