Thank You!

Rocio Ortega
Posted April 29, 2013 from United States

My personal vision of my life constitutes of many achievements. Ever since I stepped in the shiny halls of what makes up my nation’s capital, I knew I wanted to represent my community as member of the United States House of Representatives. I hope that as I’m a growing teenager, to not let opportunities pass me by and gain as much exposure to my country’s legislative process. There are many issues that I am passionate about – all interconnected with my community and the world.

The most current topic dear to me right now would be immigration legislation. Being that I am first generation Mexican-American, I have seen my 99% Latino community struggle and sometimes wait over a decade to gain U.S. Citizenship. Though I agree this path toward citizenship is long, I know it works because my father is a success story of it, so I know it’s possible.

My personal vision of my life and community is that there is a legislation that actually meets the needs of today’s immigration population in a timely manner. I feel like a correct and correctly timely path towards citizenship will meet our nation’s needs. Immigration is universal. It is not just one race, one color, it can apply to everyone. I hope to work with today’s and tomorrow’s legislators to work on a successful citizenship legislation so people won’t feel unwanted but instead acknowledged for their will and determination to succeed in this country.

Not just immigration issues but educational ones as well. My experience of attending a public LAUSD school might have not been the best but regardless of that I was still presented the opportunity to an education. I want to help pass legislation and actually implement them so those younger than me won’t have to learn with tagged up textbooks or get interrupted by construction on-site and even prevent youth from joining violent gangs.

And of course, I hope to put my “two cents” in today’s women’s movement. With the passing of the Violence Against Women’s Act, I know more is needed. I know we will get to the point where women are treated equally but we all have to put our “two cents.”

I feel like in my life I have been called to make change happen through the legislative process. I have a deep passion for debating, standing up for people’s rights and taking part of movements that can potentially change people’s lives. The vision of my life is a vision I share with my family, friends, community members and even the world! Where I live and who I’m with definitely impacts my life in all aspects. As far as my vision for the world, it’s an endless jar of jelly beans. Different flavors representing a different goal I have for this world. I would want to put an end to numerous issues like diseases, world hunger, etc but I would also like to initiate the start to other key areas like the continuing rights movement for women, the continuing aid to developing countries and cooperation among different nations.

My vision for this planet is world peace.

Peace can be expressed in numerous ways. I wish everyone in this world can find something they’re passionate about and try to make this world a better place. Whether it’s saving our environment or the end to child marriage… as human beings we need to get on our feet and start acting.

Being part of the Voices of Our [Future] Correspondent means I’m given that exact opportunity to stand on my feet and continue doing my share of work in this country. I just wish I can live through the day where countries are no longer considered developing countries, where women are no long treated as second class citizens and where every child in this world is educated.

As a Voices of Our [Future] Correspondent, I only hope to continue sharing my story at a deeper and wider magnitude to impact others to do the same.

I am so thankful for opportunities like these, where young women like me are given the opportunity to share our thoughts, feelings and opinions with the world!

Thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity!

Voices of Our Future Application: Your Vision

Comments 4

  • Klaudia
    May 02, 2013
    May 02, 2013

    Dear Rocio

    Every time I have read your words they remained me a younger Klaudia. I hope with mi hearth you fullfil your dreams for the betterment of our Latinos in the States. best Klaudia

  • Isabel Siegel Griffith
    May 03, 2013
    May 03, 2013

    Dear Rocio,

    I enjoyed very much reading your story. As a Latina in the U.S. I can relate at a very personal level to your story, and your struggles. This topic has touched my family in a very personal way. I commend you for the work you are doing and for really making change at the root of the problem.

    Warm regards,

  • Hesychia
    May 05, 2013
    May 05, 2013

    Dear Rocio ~

    I don't know where you are as a "growing teenager", but you express an amazing hope for the future. Your excitement over becoming part of the House of Representatives and helping formulate the laws that direct your country is strong and obvious.

    Keep your light shining for the future!


  • Dana Anderson
    May 05, 2013
    May 05, 2013

    Hi Rocio, I am so excited to see you proving that age is just a number, and that it is never too early or too late to start contributing to our world. You have a great vision that is both inspiring and refreshing. I would certainly not be surprised to see you elected as a political leader in the future!

    Finding solutions for the issues you selected to talk about is so important for making our country greater. Thanks for your insight on these topics!

    I especially liked your line, "As far as my vision for the world, it’s an endless jar of jelly beans. Different flavors representing a different goal I have for this world." Great job bringing such an original voice and writing style to this topic!

    Keep up the wonderful work!


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