"In Our Own Voices" is a photo and story gallery celebrating diversity and the voices that make the UNH Manchester community a wonderful place to live, learn and grow. Their stories are our story—and we are proud to tell it. Blanca Santibanez '20, a recent graduate of the biotechnology program, shares her story below.
“I learned that working hard and with passion was my American Dream, and it was up to me to take the lead on the land of opportunities.”
I remember the day I stepped foot in UNH Manchester. It was orientation day, and I had no idea how my college experience would be. I had just graduated from high school and had only lived in the U.S. for two years. I knew the basics of English grammar and spoke relatively good English, yet I felt scared I was not going to make the cut for a college degree. I am an immigrant like many others that have come to the U.S. to live the American Dream. I had left my family, friends, and city where I lived as a child and a teenager. I came to the U.S. with my mom, and I knew it was going to be a great journey for both of us. I knew I had to help my mom and my family back home, so stopping work was never an option. I had to learn how to balance work and school if I wanted to follow my passion. My path at UNH Manchester could not have been more rewarding and life changing. I learned to work through my difficulties and embrace them. I learned that working hard and with passion was my American Dream, and it was up to me to take the lead on the land of opportunities.