This sad tale of woe attempts to tug at your heart strings and inspire sympathy in the reader does just the opposite, makes the subject seem like cry-baby and the writer seem like an insulated douchebag.
Yes, Stephanie Solis got screwed by her parents because they didn’t tell her that they’re here in the country illegally until she was older, if you believe her story, but so what. What did she do when she found out? Nothing. Didn’t go to INS and make her case, which would be pretty easy to make, if her story is true, and get legal.
The story in the UCLA student paper details the “hardships” Stephanie had to go through in order to graduate, tragedies like public transportation and working. Welcome to the real world, Stephanie. Most of us had to work our way through college and/or are paying off a lot of money in loans. Here’s a tip, if it costs a ton of money to go to a particular school, go to a different school!
You can’t really complain about the choices you made and expect others to feel sorry for you because those choices had consequences, clear consequences that in no way could be considered to have snuck up on you.
No one cares that your life sucks because you haven’t done anything to make your life not suck. And quit bitching that you’ve had to work while going to college, most Americans don’t even go to college, they go straight to work for 40 years, so you’re ahead of the curve.
As for the writer of the article, Jessica Chou, she needs to be her head of where the sun don’t shine and the air quality it poor and realize lines like this one aren’t going to inspire anything but a “so f-ing what!” from most people:
Instead, many undocumented students are forced to pick up odd jobs to pay for their education.
Only a Liberal who hasn’t earned much but has a lot could look at that line and think it is somehow unique to illegal aliens. Anyone not born with a silver foot up their ass works their way through college, if they’re lucky enough to go in the first place. To call that being “forced to pick up odd jobs to pay for their education” exposes the bubble in which Jessica has lived her life.