My name is Erika Sanchez and I’m originally from Mexico City. I came here in 2003 at the age of 11 and I’ve been living in Ventura County since then. I’m currently attending Ventura College and Santa Barbara City College planning to transfer to CSU Northridge or UC Santa Barbara and major in Computer Science. My life as undocumented hasn’t been easy. When I got here I was conscious about my status, but didn’t really hit me until I was a junior in high school and started applying to scholarships; when I saw many of my friends getting their driver’s license, applying for F.A.F.S.A. to help them pay for college, taking college classes as high school students for free and many other things I couldn’t do or get due to my status. I have encountered many obstacles, but that hasn’t stopped me from achieving my goals and dreams. I know I might have to put double the effort to achieve my goals and dreams, but I’m willing to give my all and do what it takes to show everyone that I deserve a chance to succeed in life. After all, we’re not called DREAMers for nothing! Noticing all the barriers I was encountering for being undocumented lead me to search for information and help for students like me. I found several websites of organizations nearby me, but due to the fact that most of them were located in Los Angeles area and I couldn’t drive, I wasn’t able to reach out to any of them. Once I was granted DACA and obtained my driver’s license I decided to make the drive all the way to the Valley and join the San Fernando Valley Dream Team in 2013.Being part of the SFVDT has been an amazing experience. Seeing others in the same situation as me reminds me that I’m not alone in this fight and that there are others out there who know my struggles and are fighting along with me for the same cause.