On August 21, 1990, I arrived, full of hopes and dreams, to the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to commence my freshman year in college. It was my first time living away from my home in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. It also marked my first day in a new culture. In the years that followed, I completed three majors in business at Georgetown University, followed by a law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. I then obtained my first law license in New York, where I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx fighting against domestic violence and sex crime offenders. Thereafter, through hard work and dedication, I became additionally licensed in Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Presently, I fight for the rights of the injured people of Pennsylvania as an Associate Attorney at Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C..
Looking back on my experiences, there are three factors which helped me to achieve my dreams: faith in God, a strong work ethic, and a loving and optimistic nature. These three factors are common denominators in any Latino upbringing. They are also key to our shared ability as Latinos to face and overcome adversity, discrimination, and racial and cultural intolerance. No matter where we go as Latinos, we take with us the examples and teachings of our parents. We likewise take with us the prayers our parents taught us, the examples of hard work from our forefathers who came before us, and the ability to laugh through pain. These factors are at the heart of any Latino who has survived hurricanes, corrupt political regimes, and the separation from their loved ones. As long we NEVER forget from whom and from where we came, we will always survive, and more importantly, THRIVE.
By Ana Amarante Craig, Esq.