My name is Hilario Yanez and I am a first-generation college student from the University of Houston. I was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas and my mother brought me to the United States at the age of one.
By the age of three, my family and I were homeless and lived at the Star of Hope Homeless shelter in Houston, Texas. Thanks to the city of Houston, non-profit organizations, friends, my mother was able to get back on her feet. Till this day, my mother cleans houses for a living to support my two younger siblings and I.
Because of her hard work and great sacrifice, I am now on the verge of being the first in my family to graduate from college next year in May. Thanks to Obama’s executive order, I saw a window of opportunity to live the American dream.
After receiving my work permit in 2012, I have been fortunate to intern at four different Fortune 500 companies, the last one being Chevron. I recently signed my full-time offer with a well-respected global consulting firm called Accenture. By the year of 2025, I plan on starting my Executive MBA program at a top tier University. My end goal is to become an executive at a Fortune 500 company.
I also proudly represent and I am part of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Lakewood Church. I have been humbled to build relationships with some of the Houston’s finest people such as Dr. Laura Murillo and Mr. George Strake Jr, both of which are great friends of mine.
At the end of the day, I would not change my life at all. I thank God for being homeless, growing up without a father, living in a rough neighborhood, and most importantly for being undocumented. These struggles and challenges have made me the person I am today. My hope is to continue to inspire and motivate the next generation to see challenges as windows of opportunities to overcome.
On an ending note, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this wonderful country I call home, The Great United States of America. Regardless of what happens in the future, I have strong faith that things will work themselves out in the right time. Good things ALWAYS happen to good people, like ourselves, the Dreamers.
Your most humble and obedient servant,