Introduction
June 18, 2016

Hello! My name is Marlene Garcia and I just finished my sophomore year moving on to my junior year with much excitement with my internship with Ogallala Commons. I am sixteen (16) years old going to be seventeen (17) in October. I am the the middle child, with an older brother and younger sister, of both Mexican parents. My hometown is in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and I currently live in the small town of Manzanola, Colorado. We decided to live in Manzanola because there is a strong sense of family and community in the town as well as the school, who has helped me reach my goals. If it weren’t for my magnificent art teacher, Mrs. Cuckow, I wouldn’t have a clue of what Ogallala Commons were. My father came to the United States since he was a young man to work in the strawberry, watermelon, onion, etc. Up to this day, he still works in the fields. My mother likes to bake and cook authentic Mexican food.

I am passionate about having new experiences and sharing them to the world about my feelings, thoughts, and my whole journey in general. I hope to gain knowledge, skill, and experience from my involvement with Ogallala Commons. Some of my hobbies are the arts, dancing, playing sports, etc. My long-term career goals are getting my doctorate in psychology and having knowledge in other careers. The internship will help me reach those goals by giving me the opportunity to work with people and by gaining work experience. For my long term goal, I want to get my doctorates in psychology and so be a first generation in my family.

-Marlene Garcia Araiza

TAFT, CA - 10JUNE06 - Valente Guzman Santiago, an immigrant from Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, tops onions early in the morning.  Onion harvesters work in the morning and evening, and don't work during the early afternoon when the heat is unbearable. Copyright David Bacon
TAFT, CA – 10JUNE06 – Valente Guzman Santiago, an immigrant from Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, tops onions early in the morning. Onion harvesters work in the morning and evening, and don’t work during the early afternoon when the heat is unbearable.
Copyright David Bacon

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