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Landeros, Mary

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Sociology


The many reasons behind the decision of migrating from one country to another included the chance of obtaining greater opportunities with hope of a better life. Most importantly, my parents' decision to migrate from one country to another was taken upon the ambition of wanting their children to become educated since they believed that becoming educated was the way to progress in life. In today's society, obtaining a high school education has become insufficient for success. Now' days, if someone wants to be successful in life and earn more than just minimum wage, much more than a high school diploma is needed. Although the Hispanic student population is quickly increasing it is estimated that only about half of Hispanic students who enter 9th grade will complete high school and successfully earn their diploma (Kohler and Lazarin 2007). However, out of those high school graduates, about 75% of Hispanics born in the United States complete high school, compared to only 46% foreign born Hispanics (Kohler and I .azarin 2007). While there are individuals of Hispanic descent who do not obtain a high school diploma, there are also those individuals who successfully achieve high school and go beyond to obtain a higher degree. This research study exposes specific factors that contribute to the continuation and success of first and second generation children of Mexican immigrants in obtaining a higher education.


19 pages




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