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My name is Berenice and I am an undocumented graduate of Columbia University. I got my bachelor’s degree in May 2010. To be honest up until the end of April I was not looking forward to graduation. Rather than being excited I was afraid. For four years Columbia had provided me with a safe and protective environment. However, after graduation all of that protection would be gone. To make matters even worse, even though I had made it this far I would not be able to accept a lab technician position that had been offered to me by my mentor. This was the perfect job for a recent college graduate. They offered a decent salary, health insurance, research experience, and the opportunity to work alongside world renowned scientists. Although I really wanted to accept that job, my legal status prevented me from doing so…continue reading here

My name is Berenice and I am an undocumented graduate of Columbia University. I got my bachelor’s degree in May 2010. To be honest up until the end of April I was not looking forward to graduation. Rather than being excited I was afraid. For four years Columbia had provided me with a safe and protective environment. However, after graduation all of that protection would be gone. To make matters even worse, even though I had made it this far I would not be able to accept a lab technician position that had been offered to me by my mentor. This was the perfect job for a recent college graduate. They offered a decent salary, health insurance, research experience, and the opportunity to work alongside world renowned scientists. Although I really wanted to accept that job, my legal status prevented me from doing so…continue reading here

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    I feel for her. Her exact sentiments were me. Even though many of my teachers saw potential in me, I threw it all away...
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