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my name is Cecilia
"I had to start from scratch, but I think I have some brains on me."

Read what Cecilia has to say about who she is and where she comes from.

my life
My name is Cecilia Garza and I am a 19-year old Mexican-American woman from Elsa, Texas. I have come a long way from being another misguided teenager to becoming a well-educated Latina. My dream is to bring love, support and inspiration into young lives through the power of education. I believe that my perseverance through some of the most trying times has gotten me where I am today — New York City pursuing a degree in Latino Studies at Columbia University. I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have received, and some day I will be able to do the same for others.

my family
The Garza Family has resided in Texas for generations, and continues to do so in Elsa, a small rural border town at the tip of Texas. My mother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the children have been my strength through the good, the bad, and the confusing. My family is full of devoted Christians, and they have helped me come closer to God in more recent times. When we are faced with a problem, no matter how big or small, we tackle it as a family. We may not be the kind of familia that expresses a lot of emotion, but our love and loyalty runs deep inside and needs no words. My mother has been my biggest supporter all my life, even when I have disappointed her the most. She has never lost faith in me. I am thankful that God has blessed me and my family.
leaving Elsa: an interactive story
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  Cecilia in Elsa

Elsa-Edcouch, Texas

Llano Grande Center

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