Growing up and attending school in northern Georgia, Valentina Garcia Gonzalez exuded confidence in the academic arena.
She was accepted into gifted classes and took more than two dozen Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Berkmar High School, a public school in Lilburn, Georgia, right outside Atlanta.
But that confidence began to waver when she was applying for colleges and realized that Georgia’s best public schools wouldn’t let her in for one reason.
Her immigration status.
“Am I less of a student? Am I less worthy?” she recalled. “Why don’t I deserve it the way” other students do?
Today, at 19 years of age, she is read more >>>