Enrique Ramirez, Jr. & Enrique Ramirez, Sr.


enrique ramirez, jr. & enrique ramirez, sr.

“Tenemos corazones felices"

Enrique, Jr platica con su padre, Enrique Sr, de su (Sr) crecimiento en México.

Enrique Jr. speaks with his father about his father, Enrique Sr.’s, experience of growing up in Mexico.

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“Tenemos corazones felices”

Enrique Jr: Hijo/ Son
Enrique Sr.: Padre/ Father

Enrique Jr: ¿Cuando estabas creciendo, que fueron los las creencias de tu familia o de tu comunidad pertenecientes a la educación o sobre la educación?

Enrique Sr: Bueno pues, yo creo que es muy común allá que las personas, los padres, en México no han tenido tanta educación porque realmente no hay tantas oportunidades, ellos tuvieron que aprender a trabajar desde muy jóvenes. Entonces cuando tienen, ellos no saben cómo apoyar a sus hijos para que continúen una buena educación, ellos nada más saben que quisieran que sus hijos tengan muy buenos estudios pero no proveen el apoyo necesario para que uno continúe en esas escuelas. Ellos creen que vaya uno solo y que por su propio esfuerzo estudios, y no es así. Un estudiante que se va a estudiar necesita todo el apoyo posible. Estoy agradecido con Dios y este país y su apoyo a ti que nosotros no pudimos brindar para que continues tus estudios. Te ha sido conseguido, por Dios nuestro señor, y por las becas, y por esta escuela hermosa y preciosa que te apoya y te da comida, y casa, y te da el trabajo para que tu te puedas comprar tus cosas, pues porque no tenemos dinero para mandarte. Estamos felices de que pudiste conseguir esta beca, aunque tengamos trabajos humildes y pocos recursos en casa, tenemos el corazón muy alto, y estamos muy contentos de que aproveches esta oportunidad.

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“We have happy hearts”

Enrique Jr: Hijo
Enrique Sr.: Padre

Enrique Jr: When you were growing up, what were the beliefs of your family or of your community pertaining to education?

Enrique Sr: Well, I think that is is common for people in Mexico, people who are parents, to not have had a lot of education because there are not a lot of opportunities. Most parents had to learn to begin working from an early age. Because of this, once they have children, they do not know how to support them so that they can continue their education. They only know that they do want their child to continue studying, but they are not able to provide the necessary support. They believe that to be successful, one has to work hard, and one has to figure out how to be successful on their own, but that does not work. A student needs all the support his parents can provide. I am grateful to God and to this country for giving you the support that we were not able to provide so you could continue your studies. It has all been given to you by God and by scholarships, and by this beautiful school that supports you and gives you food, and shelter, and gives you work so you can buy things for yourself, because we don’t have money to send you. We are happy that you could obtain the scholarship even though we have humble jobs and little resources at home, we have happy hearts, and we are happy that you have these opportunities.

Note about copyright, attribution, and citation:  StoryCorps holds the copyright to the audio recordings of interviews and to the photographs of the participants; StoryCorps has licensed limited use of those to the Bureau of Study Counsel/Harvard University.  Harvard University owns the copyright to all other material on the First-Gen Voices website (bsc.harvard.edu/first-gen-voices).  Quotations of the transcripts and translations of interviews from the website by parties other than StoryCorps and the Bureau of Study Counsel should be attributed/cited as follows: “This excerpt is from a website created by the Bureau of Study Counsel of Harvard University with interviews recorded by StoryCorps (www.storycorps.org), a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”


enrique ramirez, jr. & enrique ramirez, sr.

“La sociedad esta una gran necesidad de buena gente”

Enrique Sr explica que el cree que la gente buena puede traer acabo cambio en el mundo.

Enrique Sr. shares his belief that good people can change the world.

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“La sociedad esta una gran necesidad de buena gente”

Enrique Jr: Hijo/ Son
Enrique Sr.: Padre/ Father

Enrique Jr: ¿Qué es algo de nuestra casa, o de nuestra comunidad o cultura, que te acuerdas de que tú esperas que nunca me olvidaré o que deje? Se lo es una pregunta muy dificil.

Enrique Sr: No, es hermosa. Yo se que lo que te ha tomado para que te llegues a ser un buen elemento en esta sociedad. Tan necesarios son los buenos jóvenes en este país y en este mundo porque la cosa, pues muchos podemos ver, que no va bien siempre. Pero habiendo más gente buena, creo que va a estar mejor. Estoy contento de que tú y tus hermanos sean buenas personas que yo veo que estén en este mundo para que puedan ayudar. Yo quiero que esté mismo ambiente y sistema en el que ustedes han crecido y han llegado a ser buenas personas en nuestra sociedad, quiero que tú y tus hermanos sean parte de este sistema y continúan la formación de otros niños que ni siquiera son de su familia o de su color de piel o de su raza y que ustedes los puedan orientar y ayudar.

Note about copyright, attribution, and citation:  StoryCorps holds the copyright to the audio recordings of interviews and to the photographs of the participants; StoryCorps has licensed limited use of those to the Bureau of Study Counsel/Harvard University.  Harvard University owns the copyright to all other material on the First-Gen Voices website (bsc.harvard.edu/first-gen-voices).  Quotations of the transcripts and translations of interviews from the website by parties other than StoryCorps and the Bureau of Study Counsel should be attributed/cited as follows: “This excerpt is from a website created by the Bureau of Study Counsel of Harvard University with interviews recorded by StoryCorps (www.storycorps.org), a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

 

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 “Society is in deep need of good people”

Enrique Jr: Son
Enrique Sr.: Father

Enrique Jr: What is something about home, or about our community or culture, that you hope that I never forget or let go. This is a hard question.

Enrique Sr: No, it’s a beautiful question. I know how hard you have worked to become a good contribution to society. Society is in a deep need for good young people, in this country and in this world. We can all tell that things aren’t always great out in the world. But with good people, I believe that the world can become a better place. I am happy that you and your siblings are good people, and that y’all look for ways to improve the world. I want you to, via the same environment and system that you grew up in, to become a good person, to help other children to grow up and become good people, regardless of whether the children are part of your family or not, regardless of their skin color, or race, you should help orient them.

Note about copyright, attribution, and citation:  StoryCorps holds the copyright to the audio recordings of interviews and to the photographs of the participants; StoryCorps has licensed limited use of those to the Bureau of Study Counsel/Harvard University.  Harvard University owns the copyright to all other material on the First-Gen Voices website (bsc.harvard.edu/first-gen-voices).  Quotations of the transcripts and translations of interviews from the website by parties other than StoryCorps and the Bureau of Study Counsel should be attributed/cited as follows: “This excerpt is from a website created by the Bureau of Study Counsel of Harvard University with interviews recorded by StoryCorps (www.storycorps.org), a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

 


enrique ramirez, jr. & enrique ramirez, sr.

Recursos

Enrique Jr describe los recursos que tiene disponible en Harvard.

Enrique Jr. discusses his access to resources at Harvard.

 

 

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Recursos

Enrique Jr: Hijo/ Son
Enrique Sr.: Padre/ Fahter

Enrique Jr: Yo tengo el problema opuesto de que tu tuviste creciendo, como están todos tus libros aquí en este cuarto yo seguramente tengo acceso a ellos pero también acceso a la biblioteca privada más grande del mundo y puedo sacar cualquier libro. Tenemos también el internet que tiene tanta información, es difícil de saber. Es completamente una diferente situación pero si  hubo muchos recursos en high school, pero aquí en Harvard es mejor y hay hasta más. Cómo estaba diciendo más temprano, nunca tuve pero aqui hasta tengo el seguro dental, tienes aquí hasta seguro médico y gente que está lista para aconsejarte. Es una vida muy diferente.

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Resources 

Enrique Jr: Son/ Hijo
Enrique Sr.: Father/ Padre

Enrique Jr: I have the opposite problem you had growing up, even looking at these books in this room, I could surely somehow find a way of borrowing one of them, I also have access to the largest private library in the world, and I can check out any book. Not to mention, I also have internet access, which also gives me access to an incomprehensibly large amount of information. I have a completely different situation than you had. I also had many resources in high school, but at Harvard I have many more, it’s better here. Like I mentioned earlier, it wasn’t until I came here that I had even things like dental insurance and even health insurance. There are so many people here ready to help you. This is a very different life.

Note about copyright, attribution, and citation:  StoryCorps holds the copyright to the audio recordings of interviews and to the photographs of the participants; StoryCorps has licensed limited use of those to the Bureau of Study Counsel/Harvard University.  Harvard University owns the copyright to all other material on the First-Gen Voices website (bsc.harvard.edu/first-gen-voices).  Quotations of the transcripts and translations of interviews from the website by parties other than StoryCorps and the Bureau of Study Counsel should be attributed/cited as follows: “This excerpt is from a website created by the Bureau of Study Counsel of Harvard University with interviews recorded by StoryCorps (www.storycorps.org), a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

 

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