Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Ann Miles

Second Advisor

Marcela Mendoza


For this particular project, I will be my own researcher using a method commonly used in academic writing called autoethnography. The aim of autoethnography is to connect anecdotal experiences to broader cultural and social issues through self-reflection. This method is the most adequate way to deliver my personal message, which I hope will serve as an encouragement for others to keep their dreams alive while having in mind that their past will not define their identity or their future. More specifically, my goal would be to motivate potential minority first-generation students. There were many obstacles I faced that caused me to grow up at an early age. From having an alcoholic parent, and trying to support my family financially, I have overcome these hardships with the help of my mother, father, and sister along with friends that I hold very dear to my heart. This honors thesis includes the hardships and resilience that I have encountered. It has helped me self-reflect and think about why things happened and what I gained from them, how I learned, and how everything has helped me get right back up after a fall. From facing poverty to receiving a full-ride scholarship to Western Michigan University, my

life has been anything but easy. The strength and values that my family has shown me help me fight through time again. Being humble, respectful, not turning your back on family, and helping out those in need are values that I will forever cherish and uphold. I am the daughter of an alcoholic immigrant parent and I am proud of my roots, struggles, and successes. Learning and being able to share meaningful connections through scholarly work has uplifted me in numerous ways. I know that I am not alone but that I do have some unique life experiences.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted