I moved to Los Angeles from Peru when I was in 2nd grade. I grew up loving literature and struggling with math. I also grew up playing the flute and clarinet, making it to the varsity tennis team, and graduating at the top 1% of my high school. At that point I had the choice of attending any university in California, I also had to deal with the implications of being an unauthorized/undocumented American. I optimized cost and quality and decided to attend UCLA. I lived like a hobo and worked several low-wage under-the-table jobs because as a DREAM Act student I am ineligible to apply for public university scholarships or student loans. I now have a bachelors in Applied Math, and I’m working on my masters in Education. My goal is to revolutionize the math teaching profession.