Welcome to My (Un)Documented Life! A place where we can document our lives as undocumented immigrants.
MyDocumentedLife.org is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants. Here, you will find the latest on scholarship opportunities, immigration news, ways in navigating the educational system, and more.
My name is Carolina Valdivia and I created this blog in 2011. I was born in Mexicali, Baja California and have grown up undocumented in the U.S. since I was 12 years old. Currently, I am a doctoral student at Harvard University. To learn more about my scholarly work which centers around issues related to immigration/education and the undocumented community, you can visit my personal website at www.CarolinaValdivia.com
When I was first applying to graduate school as an undocumented student (in 2010), I was able to connect with fellow undocumented grad students. I can’t thank them enough for all of the advice they gave me. Thanks to them, I was inspired, determined, and ready to go to graduate school. In 2011, I began my grad school journey at San Diego State University to pursue a Master’s degree in Sociology. During this time, I created this blog because I wanted to share my experiences and advice about going to grad school with fellow undocumented students. Hence the name “My (Un)Documented Life”, which was inspired by the initial theme of the website: a place where I could “document” my life as an undocumented immigrant. In other words, I started this online website as a way of trying to give back- to help fellow undocumented students pursue their own grad school journeys and beyond.
As undocumented students, our experiences extend beyond the school setting- we face many challenges, opportunities, limitations, and more, both inside/outside of the school. And, not all who are undocumented have the opportunity to go to college. Thus, in this website, we write about the many different aspects that are relevant to the undocumented experience. It is our hope that this online community will continue helping more undocumented immigrants and allies all across the world.
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Contributors are listed in order by the number of posts published. Contributors with the same number of posts are listed alphabetically by last name.
Our disclaimer: the views and opinions expressed in this website are those of the authors alone. Although we aim to provide the most accurate information, the information in this website should not be taken as legal advice.