By Chantal Carrancho
What I love about working in higher education in South King County is that every day I meet students whose stories are similar to that of my own family.
The stories of my family — my great grandfather traveling on a large boat, my grandpa who left his family behind and my dad walking to work in the cold snow — have given me the power and strength to uplift my own dreams and especially to motivate others to do the same.
The stories of my family all share a common theme: Pursuing the American Dream. This is embedded in the minds of most immigrants, especially my family who emigrated from the Philippines. My parents gave me a life of equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative.
It all began when a large boat from Molokai, Hawaii, arrived in the beautiful islands of the Philippines to recruit sugar plantation workers. …
This article was originally published in the print edition of the Federal Way Mirror on May 7, 2018.
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