About this blog

Carolina Valdivia, My (Un)Documented Life blog AuthorWelcome 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.


10 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Sam August 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Just discovered your blog in an attempt to find out more about the possibilities of doctoral studies for a DACA recipient. I know someone who was accepted at a PhD program for biomedical sciences in NY but could not enroll as the person was undocumented. Now, this person wants to apply again to PhD programs but is unsure whether it will be different this time. Communication with the school hasn’t proven much productive. Can you suggest how this person can find out about the possibilities of actually pursuing the degree?

    • My Documented Life August 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply

      It’s been my experience that for graduate education there are no restrictions to enrolling due to immigration status. However, I know that it’s not always the case, specially when it comes to fields of science, law, business, and health. I’d recommend contacting admissions staff to inquire about applying as an undocumented/DACAmented student. Another route is to try reaching out to Faculty and students in the program. Often times they can inquire about information as such faster, but admissions should be helpful regardless. Because that’s not always the case, asking Faculty and/or students in the program might be helpful. I know that Faculty and students there may even know more about opportunities and applying to the program. If your friend would like more advice or if you have any questions let me know :)

      • Sam August 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Thank you. All the best to you. I hope it works out for my friend too.

  2. Paulina October 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm Reply

    Dear Carolina, just came across your blog while searching for some DACA info. Thanks for all the valuable information and for sharing your experiences with us.

    Sam, I wanted to share with you information about an amazing organization in Northern California that does a lot of advocacy work around issues of access to higher education for undocumented students. They have put together some really great resources for the public. I have worked with them in the past and constantly find myself referring people to them. The organization is Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC). They have a guide that I think your student could really benefit from about applying to graduate school as an undocumented student. Here is the link to the resources page where you will find many other great guides that you can download and print for free. http://www.e4fc.org/resources.html

    • My Documented Life October 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

      Thank you Paulina! E4FC is great, I have read a lot of their work and try to keep up with all the amazing-ness they are working on. “Life After College” is one of my favorite guides!

  3. andreaardz December 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Great blog, will follow you on twitter. Happy Holidays!

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  5. Angie Ocampo February 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Hi Carolina,
    My name is Angie Ocampo and I’m a student at Brown University. I’m writing a senior thesis on the experiences of undocumented Latino college students at elite universities. I’d love to interview you since there are very few graduate students currently represented in my sample. Please email me if you’re interested in participating so I can send you more information. Thank you!
    Angie Ocampo

    • My (Un)documented Life February 10, 2015 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Hi Angie, thanks for letting me know! I’ll send you an e-mail right now so we can schedule an interview soon.

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