A farewell high school traveler paid tribute to her migrant parents in her graduation speech this weekend and thanked them for their tireless efforts by picking strawberries in fields while they raised her.
Brenda Alvarez-Lagunas (18) took the stage on Saturday at Mulberry High School in Mulberry, Florida, and brought a basket of strawberries on stage.
She further explained why the fruit is of special significance to her, with details about the hard, groundbreaking work that her parents did to support her and her sister after they had migrated from Mexico to the US with a fourth-degree education.
Hard work: Brenda Alvarez-Lagunas, 18, graduated from Mulberry High School in Mulberry, Florida, at the top of her class
At the start of her eight-minute speech, she asked classmates and family members: & # 39; Get some strawberries? & # 39;
The student then jokingly acknowledged that there were probably not enough strawberries for everyone before he said: & # 39; These are not ordinary strawberries, they are jewels. & # 39;
Brenda then picked up individual pieces of fruit to refer to what each symbolized for her.
& # 39; This represents sweat, this represents dirt … Oh, and these are aches and pains. In other words, they are my motivators, & she said.
She explained that her parents were migrating to the US with only a fourth-class education to take care of their three children.
They spent days in the fields picking strawberries, cucumbers, and sweet potatoes in the Florida heat.
& # 39; I am motivated by the hands of my mother who slowly lose the feeling of years of hard work in the sand and fields. And I am motivated by the endless support I had received.
Unbelievable: she graduated with a 4.68 GPA and attends Stanford University in California in the fall to study biomedical engineering
Motivator: The student, pictured with her mother, gave a now-viral graduation speech in honor of her migrant parents and used strawberries to describe her points
& # 39; Yes, my motivation is rooted in my migrant culture, & # 39; she said during her emotional speech, which allegedly hit people's eyes.
& # 39; I am a daughter of two farm workers who have worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk, & # 39; she went on.
& # 39; As a small child, I remember being in the field watching my parents sweat, and their clothes dripping wet as if it was just raining on them.
Supportive: her parents worked in fields where strawberries and cucumbers were picked to support the family after their migration from Mexico
& # 39; Despite the bright sun and the body aching and aching, their smiles smiled at every bucket of products they carried, & # 39; said Brenda.
& # 39; I remember taking crops after school or at the weekend. And even I, a young, energetic young man, couldn't always cope with the pain and trouble of bending over, or the intense heat that embraced us.
& # 39; The moments I remember are that they spend a lot of time as a family. No matter how much my parents wanted to give their children attention and care, they couldn't, simply because they spent their lives on the field.
& # 39; I was often left in the care of my older sister, and when the family welcomed two new brothers and sisters, the role of caretaker became mine.
& # 39; My brothers and sisters and I did not have the materialistic things other children had. And we still don't do that. But what I won was much more valuable.
& # 39; Instead, my parents gave special gifts. The gift of a strong work ethic. The gift of resilience. And the will to succeed. & # 39;
She said they would often tell her in Spanish: & # 39; Your only way out of this lifestyle is through an education. & # 39;
Life became more difficult for the family after Brenda & # 39; s father was taken back to Mexico when she was in 7th grade, making her mother the only provider.
Her family was quickly drowning in debt, reducing her ability to attend high school.
Emotional tribute: Brenda has attributed her success and motivation to her parents who have worked hard in her farewell speech
Proud: & # 39; Students often love me, they are ashamed of their background & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; And I wanted to change that. They may not & # 39;
But Brenda did not let setbacks prevent her from achieving her goals and becoming the best student in her graduation class, with a 4.68 GPA.
& # 39; According to current statistics I should not make it. I come from a single-parent family and will be the first in my family to graduate from high school, & she said. She explained that her older sister became pregnant and stopped.
& # 39; I have seen first-hand the challenges of not having an education, and therefore I use all this adversity as a motivation for myself & she said.
& # 39; I share this with you in the hope that you realize that no matter what stereotypes or statistics are imposed on you, you can overcome them. & # 39;
She continued to offer motivational words to her classmates, counting her mother in the audience with a moving message in Spanish, and telling her that her sacrifices were not made for nothing.
Important: Brenda used strawberries in her speech to explain what they meant to her and why she used the fruit as her & # 39; jewelry & # 39; saw
Family: Life became more difficult for the Brenda family (photo) after her father was sent back to Mexico. But she was still able to stay focused at school and reach her goals
When I contradict News channel 8, Brenda revealed why she wanted to give a speech about her migrant background from her graduation class.
& # 39; Students often like me, they are ashamed of their background & # 39 ;, she told the news organization. & # 39; And I wanted to change that. They shouldn't do that. Their upbringing has made them who they are. & # 39;
Her farewell speech has now become viral, with thousands of online opinions.
Despite the popularity of her story, Brenda confessed that she had written the speech for a greater purpose rather than just working out her own life.
& # 39; When I wrote the speech, I knew the goal was to get representation from people who feel underrepresented. It was never about me, & she said.
Brenda plans to go to Stanford University in California in the fall to study biomedical technology.
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