Cristina Vasquez

From: El Aguacatal, El Salvador  Current City: St. Paul, MN
"I used to work with my uncles on a farm‚ growing tomatoes‚ green beans‚ and things like that... It was hard‚ but I realized I had to work to help my mom and to be independent."
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While Cristina Vasquez was glad to be reunited with her mother in the United States, she had to leave her grandparents in El Salvador. She hopes to someday reunite her entire family

Cristina was born in the small town of El Aguacatal, El Salvador. She was raised by her grandparents, uncles, and aunts after her mother left to find better work. Cristina helped her uncles tend the farm where they grew tomatoes, green beans, and other produce. Other days she would pack the produce and bring it to the local market.

When she was sixteen years old, Cristina decided she wanted to live with her mother in the United States. She left her grandparents behind in El Salvador and made her way to Minnesota. When she first arrived, Cristina was ecstatic to finally see her mother again. After the initial joy settled, she began to struggle to adapt to this strange, new country.

Since then, Cristina’s life has gotten much better. Her English has improved thanks to her teachers and friends at LEAP High School. She works as a cashier after school to earn money and help out her family. After graduating from high school, Cristina hopes to go to college and become either a nurse or a lawyer.

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