Otra Dreamer in London

Six weeks have passed since my move to London; the start of new journey, a new dream. It is the first time in my life that I made the conscious decision to migrate. I did not have that choice at the age of nine when I was brought into the U.S. as an irregular migrant child, nor did I choose to return to Mexico when I was deported four years ago.

The excitement still lingers alongside a sense of exploration as I am afforded certain level of freedom to be able to reside in a foreign country legally to pursue a graduate degree. It took overcoming very difficulty challenges, but I did not do it alone. An entire community supported me along the way to be here. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly as well as a responsibility to represent the collective challenges of migrants who have gone through similar experiences wherever I am.

There was a point that I began to feel a bit stressed shortly after my arrival, partly due to the insurmountably pressure I feel to do well in my graduate program. I had also underestimated the challenges of relocation. Although I navigate the English language and British culture with ease, the small things like learning to move around the city and finding where to purchase basic personal items at reasonable prices was incredibly stressful (after all, it is London).

Understanding the transport system in London Photo: Nancy Landa
Understanding the transport system
Photo: ©Mundo Citizen

Arriving alone in a new city and having to start a social network from scratch was overwhelming. But slowly, I have been able to find help along the way. Meeting new people that have became a support system (thank you hall buddies and classmates!!!) and having friends from abroad that had introduce me to their friends living here has helped make this transition smoother.  Now that I feel more stable, I hope to be able to keep my readers up-to-date on a regular basis with my experiences abroad.

October was a great month for visibility and exposure. The media continues to be interested in my story and that of Los Otros Dreamers. Take a look at the following articles recently published:

The IndependentThe Americans deported to a country they don’t know: ‘I didn’t know the city or the language’

CSUN Daily SundialDreamers continue to fight for immigration rights and reform

NPR Latino USALos Otros Dreamers

Published in Pocho.com on 4 Nov 2013

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4 thoughts on “Otra Dreamer in London

  1. Congratulations on your move to London. Are you finding the tube a nightmare to navigate; physically and cost wise? I know I did. I certainly hope that things continue to fall into place for you. Have you thought about what you’ll do after the program and do you think you’ll remain in the UK?

    • It is a bit daunting to get used to a new city, let alone its transportation system. Although the maps are helpful, I think I have learned to embrace and even to let myself enjoy the process of getting lost. I have found great places (parks/gardens etc) just by trying to find my way around. Thank you! =)

      I know I will be returning to Mexico to fulfill a scholarship commitment (at least a year), however, at some point I would like to be transition into an international position and will be open to relocating (hopefully my personal circumstances allow me to).

  2. Welcome to England! I wish we lived closer to London, but I’m afraid we are way down in Cornwall. I get stressed-out every time we visit the capital, but that’s because I have a 3-year-old and it’s never easy travelling with a small child. If you have any questions/help, give me a holler! Btw, yes, the UK, especially London is expensive, but one great thing about the supermarkets though is that they ALWAYS have great deals! Just watch out for them. All the best, Dean.

    • Thank you Dean. Yes, I sure do have an eye on specials and deals. I hope I get around to explore the UK and will let you know if I end up being nearby. Thanks for following and commenting. Cheers.

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