The young daughter of Michoacan’s parents overcame numerous challenges to be able to enter the prestigious university.
Being able to enter an Ivy League university in the United States is one of the most difficult feats to achieve. Getting a scholarship is another step of difficulty. However, Elizabeth Esteban, a young descendant of Purépecha Indians, managed to do these two feats.
According to a report on ABC television, Elizabeth managed to fulfill many Latinos’ dream to enter Harvard University. A situation that has filled her with pride, especially being the first in her community to achieve it.
No one in this community has been able to get it, and I’m so proud, so grateful, and so happy because no one here thinks anyone is here … can accomplish something same this, she gave in an interview.
Elizabeth currently lives in a mobile home in the Coachella Valley, in the state of California. His parents are Mexican immigrants and Purépecha Indians who came to the United States from Michoacán.
Both his mother and father work in agricultural fields. And despite having few resources, they have always tried to give Elizabeth and her siblings a better life. Despite all the obstacles, the young woman’s mother thinks that all her efforts were worth it to come up with results like these.
Said Mrs. Cecilia Esteban Yes, because my daughter has achieved everything she has always wanted, the dream of education, and even more, I am proud that she is achieving her goals.
However, this story was on the verge of not happening since Elizabeth suffered various problems with the internet during her last year of high school, which made it difficult for her to learn. And they even interrupted her during an interview with the university. Although the government gave her a tool intended to help her, it was useless most of the time.
“I received an Internet device from the district, and most of the time, my screen was a circle trying to reconnect,” said the young woman.
The pandemic combined with this situation created an environment not very conducive to learning. However, Elizabeth became convinced that it was just one more obstacle she had to overcome.
“But later, I thought about myself, and how I had to keep fighting and the pandemic was another obstacle that I had to overcome,” added the newly admitted to Harvard.
All these obstacles were being pushed aside, but even so, she saw an enemy in the 3% acceptance rate of the university. Also, being a Latina woman living in an underserved community made her consider not even applying. This is because the Hispanic population only makes up 10% of the Harvard population.
She told ABCWell, at first, I wasn’t going to apply to Harvard because I didn’t think my achievements earned me the right to enter such a prestigious university.
But ultimately, she decided to steel herself and challenge the social standards that come with being part of an indigenous community. Now, she plans to graduate from college later, run for the United States Congress.
I am part of an indigenous group that feels that women should stay home and be the stereotypical stay-at-home mother later. I just wanted to break down those barriers,” he shared with NBC Palm Springs.