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Change in Direction Motivates First-Generation Graduate

First-Generation Graduate

cinthya urrego and christina chavez-reyes

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Cinthya Urrego.

She has seen her parents work hard since emigrating from Colombia to give their four children the chance for a better life in the United States. For Urrego, hard work was ingrained.

In the late 1980s, Urrego’s father opened an electrical contracting company. She recalls her dad working and her mom tagging along and cleaning the equipment he needed. As the business grew, relatives started moving to the United States to work for the company.

“I remember being younger and spending a lot of time with my parents at work,” Urrego says. “They worked hard so that the rest of our family and friends could have jobs.”

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