Elementary school was the first time Alondra Quechol felt different. Though she was sure she felt different, she was not sure why. Yes, there was a language barrier, but it wasn't until high school when Quechol was trying to apply to possible scholarships, that she was “unblindfolded” to the difference between her and her peers — her status in the U.S.
When Quechol was 3 years old she flew to Wisconsin to join other family members. “[Wisconsin] is the only place I’ve ever gone to,” Quechol said. “I’ve always stayed within Dane County, and I’ve been living here for about 19 years.”
Quechol is one of almost 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.