Mis Orígenes No Me Limitan

  • Lys Huerta California State University, Los Angeles
Keywords: first-generation, higher education, multilingualism, immigration, second-gen American


Lys Huerta is a first-generation undergraduate student at Cal State LA. When she was growing up, she learned Spanish as a first language because her parents’ English was limited at the time. Throughout her elementary school years, Huerta’s ESL background seemed to mean that her English was not at the same level of her peers, making her feel less than adequate. Now as an adult, Huerta realizes that being bilingual has allowed her to help others both at work and in everyday life.