About MUL

This website serves as an online community for undocumented immigrants and allies.  Here, you will find up-to-date immigration news, along with helpful information and resources about pursuing a higher education as an undocumented student, applying for/renewing your DACA, and much more!

This website was created in 2011, by Carolina Valdivia, an undocumented graduate student.  At the time, she wanted to create a platform where she could share her 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 Carolina could “document” her life as an undocumented student.  When Carolina was first applying to grad school she was able to connect with many undocumented grad students offline; she can’t thank them enough for all of the insight information they provided her with.  Thanks to them, Carolina was inspired, motivated, determined, and ready to go to graduate school!  Carolina started this online website 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 we write about the many different aspects that are relevant to the undocumentedness experience.  It is our hope that this online community will continue helping more undocumented immigrants and allies all across the world.

My (Un)documented Life has received over 80,000 views!  Please read more about our growin team, which is here to bring you helpful, up-to-date, and quality posts: “Who We Are

My (Un)Documented Life website is reader-funded and we need your help to keep this site going!  $10, $25, $50…any amount you give helps!
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Donations go directly towards sustaining the site and honorariums for writers who contribute to the site.

Disclaimer: All opinions in this website 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 website should also not be taken as legal advice.


11 thoughts on “About MUL

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

    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

      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

    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

      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

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

    • My Documented Life December 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you! Happy holidays to you too <3

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

    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

      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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