Welcome to My (Un)Documented Life blog! My name is Carolina Valdivia and I created this blog in 2011. I am a doctoral student at Harvard University. I was born in Mexicali, Baja California and have grown up undocumented in the U.S. since I was 12 years old.
This blog is one of the very few websites out there dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants- from the perspective and experience of an undocumented immigrant herself. Here, you will find up-to-date immigration news, along with helpful information and resources about pursuing a higher education as an undocumented student, as well as immigration-related news, ways to get involved, immigration-related policy changes (e.g. DACA, DAPA, AB 60), and much more!
My (Un)documented Life has received over 100,000 visitors!
When I first created this blog in 2011, I wanted to create a platform where I could 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 student. When I was first applying to grad school, I was able to connect with many undocumented grad students offline; I can’t thank them enough for all of the advice they provided me with. Thanks to them, I was inspired, motivated, determined, and ready to go to graduate school! I started this online blog as a form of giving back- to help fellow undocumented students pursue their own grad school journeys.
As undocumented students, our experiences extend beyond the school- we face many challenges, opportunities, limitations, and more inside/outside of the school. And, not all who are undocumented have the opportunity to go to college. Thus, in this website I write about the many different aspects that are relevant to the undocumentedness experience. It is my hope that this online community will continue helping more undocumented immigrants and allies all across the world.
Disclaimer: All opinions in this website are the opinions of the contributors alone (unless otherwise stated) and they do not represent any organization(s). Posts in this website should also not be taken as legal advice.