Never Give up on your dreams.
To many people, ‘you can be whatever you want to be’ narrative seems far-fetched and not nestled on any truth. However, Daihana Estrada’s story does indeed prove that despite your present realities, you can be anyone you want to be.
At 29, she has graduated from Loyola University School of Law with a law degree. At first look, it doesn’t seem impressive because there are many law graduates. However, when you delve deeper into her life, you realize that her graduation is a remarkable feat.
Daihana’s story can be used to encourage hordes of people who are on the brink of giving up. Whether you are already in law school or if you intend to join law school at some point, her story will get you inspired.
Daihana was born in California to Mexican parents who came to the US illegally. Unfortunately, law enforcement agencies caught them in Utah. The parents were subsequently deported to Mexico. The deportation left a 17-year-old Daihana homeless.
Fortunately, she had an older brother who lived in Chicago. So young Daihana moved to Chicago to live with her brother. Well, her luck soon ran out as the brother was also dealing with other issues. So, the reunion between Daihana and her brother was short-lived.
At the time, she was a senior at John Hancock College Preparatory High School. She could barely afford to have regular meals and ate whatever she could get. Her friend had spared a couch, so that became her bed.
Daihana took up a job so that she could fend for herself. Despite her challenges, she kept working hard, and her passion didn’t go unnoticed. Vanessa Fuentes, now a principal at John Hancock College Preparatory High School stepped in to help her. Vanessa, at some point, brought Daihana to live with her family. Vanessa also became a regular in her life and kept encouraging her to work hard.
Daihana’s hard work saw her get an acceptance letter to study at the University of Illinois. As she was homeless, she was given a full scholarship by the Chicago Coalition for the homeless, which helped with housing.
Daihana’s gamble in moving to Chicago truly paid off and helped in her journey to become a lawyer. Despite the challenges along the way, she kept working hard and surmounted all the challenges. She became the first Loyola University School of Law student to graduate on a scholarship.
Daihana’s story, in sum, explains why you should never give up on your dreams. As her life was filled with difficulties, she could have given up on her dreams. However, she didn’t, and in the long run, she finally has a law degree.
The takeaway from the story is that you should keep fighting for that coveted dream at whatever cost. Just don’t give up! As from Daihana’s account, there will be guardian angels like Vanessa Fuentes who will give everything to ensure that you reach for your dreams. Most importantly, you are the custodian of your life. If you put in the effort, the results will be there to be seen.
So, if your journey is to be an attorney, then the opportunity to be one starts today. Work hard, and you will surely beat the odds.