By SOFIA CHAVEZ
Valeria Villamarín grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to North Bergen, New Jersey with her family at 17. Her family is under permanent visa and while her parents work hard for a better life, Valeria works hard to fulfill a promise she made to her grandmother.
Having gone through her senior year of high school in a new country, Valeria has gained an appreciation not just for education but also for the freedom to follow her dreams. She spends her time with friends and family when she isn’t improving her English. Now that she’s finished high school, Valeria attends Hudson Community College for ESL classes and hopes to go to a university and study biology. From there Valeria’s goal is to attend medical school and keep the promise she made to her grandmother by becoming a doctor.
Sofia Chavez, a senior at Montclair State University, is a Broadcasting major in the School of Communication and Media.