Jessica Ramos - Colorado College

Since I first stepped on Colorado College’s campus in August of 2016, commencement has been the moment I have been working towards. I am devastated that my family, including my siblings, will not be seeing me walk across the stage in two short months from now. Commencement was my motivation when I felt like giving up. It was a reminder that all the late nights, the feelings of not belonging, and the tears would one day be worth it. I knew it would be worth it because my nieces and nephew would have seen someone they know, and they identify with, reach a milestone that they too would be able to accomplish. I knew it would be worth it because my Mexican immigrant parents, who came to this country in search of a better life for their three kids, would have been able to see their dream materialize at my commencement.

While there’s little to do about the cancellation of commencement due to COVID-19, I find consolation in the reminder that I have accomplished so much during my four years at Colorado College.

My parents have reminded me tirelessly how proud they are of me, and the absence of that one moment of celebration does not minimize that pride. I further find consolation in the fact that the knowledge I acquired while at Colorado College will be invaluable for my nieces and nephew, who one day will have a resource and support system that will help them navigate college with greater ease than I did myself.

Jessica Ramos
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jessica Ramos grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are graduating from Colorado College in May of 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Luso-Brazilian Studies. As a first-generation, low-income (FLI) student and coming from a Mexican immigrant family, they served as a mentor for the Bridge Scholars Program, a school organization that helps FLI students find support and resources on campus. They are committed to social justice and excited to continue that work with Towards Justice, a nonprofit law firm, following graduation.