About

This blog is for, and is administrated by, undocumented immigrant youth.  Here, you will find helpful information and resources about pursuing a higher education as an undocumented student, applying for/renewing your DACA, as well as receive up-to-date immigration news.

This blog was created in 2011, by Carolina Valdivia, an undocumented graduate student. At the time she wanted to create an online space where she could help other undocumented students pursue their higher education goals- just like many fellow undocumented students had helped her when she was first applying for her Master’s!  She is now pursuing her Ph.D. at Harvard University.

My (Un)documented Life blog has received over 80,000 views!  It is our hope that this online community will continue helping more undocumented immigrants all across the world.

Disclaimer: All opinions in this blog are the opinions of the contributors alone (unless otherwise stated) and they do not represent any organization they have or are currently involved in. Posts in this blog should also not be taken as legal advice.

 

10 thoughts on “About

  1. 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?

    • 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 :)

  2. 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

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  4. 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

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