Of course, just speaking Spanish will not get you a job. It helps, if not necessary, to have a college degree and previous work or internship experience, but I personally know that I wouldn’t be able to do this job without it. I also know that I wouldn’t be able to communicate with my family in Mexico, which would make me feel isolated and very sad. Thus, although at the time I did not think it, now I thank my parents from the bottom of my heart for making me speak Spanish at home. I encourage other parents that come to this country to take on this much needed battle with their kids. Make sure they speak, write and read it well because although they might stick their tongue out at you right now, it is an inexpensive investment that can result in high returns, and a thank you, in their future.
By Alejandra Peimbert