As a first generation immigrant college student, it was up to me to figure out to navigate the education system in the United States. The sacrifices my mother made when she left her native Mexico for the U.S. were constantly in the back of my head. In September of 2007, while studying Fine Arts at the University of Washington; I found myself panicking about how I was going to pay off my student loans with an art degree. Wondering how was I going to get a job after college in the middle of the financial crisis the country was experiencing.
And so, I made the decision to stop living by a life bound to limitations and decided to follow my heart. I bought my first domain and put my limiting skills to the test. In less than I month, I had an online portfolio for my artwork, a blog and my first ever business cards. I found myself getting paid gigs and reading marketing books to learn new strategies. I attended whatever business workshop I could find on campus and joined HBSA (Hispanic Business Student Association at UW) to expose myself to more opportunities.