Domingo Ramirez's journey to graduation
Carlson School of Management, 2016
Planning for a future in the United States
I am originally from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. I’m pictured here with my father in the home that he built for us. When I was a little older, he went to the United States to work and would stay there for most of the year. My parents hoped that the three of us would be able to move there together in the future.
Valuing education from the beginning
My mom and I are posing for a picture before my kindergarten graduation. Each of my graduations has been very important to my family, as the better life that my parents envisioned in the United States revolved around the educational opportunities I would have.
Memories of Mexico
One of the traditions I remember from growing up in Mexico is marching in school parades for major holidays. On Independence Day, my classmates and I dressed in more traditional clothing, and our parents watched as we progressed through the city holding hands. My mother is the woman in the white sleeveless shirt following me in the parade.
My first Minnesota winter
My family received visas and permanent residency in the United States when I was 10. We originally moved to Los Osos, California, where we were able to live in one room of an aunt’s house. This transition was hard, and we had to move again in a year for my parents to seek work opportunities. That’s when my family moved to Austin, Minnesota, where one of my uncles lived. The snowy winters were a shock to us, coming from California and having no real concept of northern weather.
Looking forward to my future at the U
I attended middle school and high school in Austin. As one of very few Latinos in a homogenous school, I focused on my education and plans to attend college. One of my cousins who I’d lived with in Los Osos had gone on to attend Stanford, and I was dreaming big about attending a university with a prestigious business school. Ultimately, my decision came down to Penn State and the University of Minnesota. The U’s financial aid offer was so generous that the decision was easy.
Working alongside my friends
At the U, I found many opportunities to develop my business skills, be a leader in our community, and make friends, often at the same time. Here I am with my friend who was the president of the University of Minnesota Student Association my sophomore year, when I served as treasurer.
My first solo travel experience
At Ernst & Young, I participated in the Launch Internship Program, which is tailored for accounting majors from underrepresented groups. This internship gave me the opportunity to travel to Chicago for work, making it my first trip without family.
Achieving my dreams
I graduated in May 2016, and started a job as an auditor at Ernst & Young in September 2016. Over the summer, I began testing for my CPA certification and will take the GMAT this year to prepare for attending graduate school in the future. I plan to go to business school and help future students obtain the same opportunities that were given to me.
As I look back, my accomplishments would not have been possible without my scholarship supporters, individuals who believe in the power of education to promote a better life. Thank you.
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