She Kept Saying: I Told You So

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“I was on a leadership team in 5th grade. At the end of the year we were supposed to take a trip to Washington DC. We held fundraisers and everything. But when it was time to go, I didn’t have the identification papers to buy a plane ticket. So our teacher Ms. Rivera decided that we’d take a bus. Just so I could go too. That trip changed my life. It made me want to be a lawyer. And Ms. Rivera became one of the closest people in my life. She always kept in touch. She basically watched me grow up. One time in high school I got in a huge fight with my mom, and Ms. Rivera came and took me on a long car ride. I started to tell her everything. I told her about a recent break-up, and how I smoked weed, and ‘I did this,’ and ‘I did that.’ She just listened to everything. Then she started telling me about her life too. She told me that she’d been in an abusive relationship. I’d always thought her life was perfect because she was a guidance counselor. But she’d been through so much too. When it was came time to apply for college, Ms. Rivera was the one who helped me apply for DACA. She told me about the TheDream.us scholarship. I didn’t even want to apply. I was ready to give up. I’d just accepted that I’d always work in restaurants like my mom. But Ms. Rivera made me apply. She said: ‘What happened to that girl who wanted to be a lawyer?’ I learned that I got the scholarship in February. They're paying for my entire college. Ms. Rivera was so proud of me. She kept saying: ‘I told you so.’”

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I was on a leadership team in 5th grade.
Aku masuk di tim kepemimpinan ketika kelas 5.

At the end of the year we were supposed to take a trip to Washington DC.
Di akhir tahun, kami harusnya melakukan perjalanan ke Washington DC.

We held fundraisers and everything.
Kami melakukan kegiatan pengumpulan dana dan semacamnya.

But when it was time to go, I didn’t have the identification papers to buy a plane ticket.
Tapi ketika sudah saatnya untuk berangkat, aku tidak punya dokumen identitas untuk memesan tiket pesawat.

So our teacher Ms. Rivera decided that we’d take a bus.
Jadi guru kami Nona Rivera memutuskan untuk naik bus.

Just so I could go too.
Hanya supaya aku bisa ikut serta.

That trip changed my life.
Perjalanan itu mengubah hidupku.

It made me want to be a lawyer.
Membuatku ingin jadi pengacara.

And Ms. Rivera became one of the closest people in my life.
Dan Nona Rivera menjadi salah satu orang terdekat dalam hidupku.

She always kept in touch.
Dia selalu berkomunikasi.

She basically watched me grow up.
Pada dasarnya dia melihatku tumbuh.

One time in high school I got in a huge fight with my mom, and Ms. Rivera came and took me on a long car ride.
Suatu saat di SMP, aku bertengkar hebat dengan ibuku, dan Nona Rivera datang dan membawaku berkeliling lama dengan mobil.

I started to tell her everything.
Aku mulai menceritakan semuanya kepadanya.

I told her about a recent break-up, and how I smoked weed, and ‘I did this,’ and ‘I did that.’
Aku bercerita tentang putus cinta yang barus saja terjadi, dan bagaimana aku merokok ganja, dan ‘aku begini’ dan ‘aku begitu’.

She just listened to everything.
Dia hanya mendengarkan semuanya.

Then she started telling me about her life too.
Kemudian dia mulai bercerita tentang hidupnya juga.

She told me that she’d been in an abusive relationship.
Dia bercerita bahwa dia pernah berada dalam sebuah hubungan yang kasar.

I’d always thought her life was perfect because she was a guidance counselor.
Aku selalu berpikir hidupnya sempurna karena dia adalah guru pembimbing.

But she’d been through so much too.
Tapi ternyata dia juga melewati banyak tantangan juga.

When it was came time to apply for college, Ms. Rivera was the one who helped me apply for DACA.
Ketika tiba waktunya untuk masuk universitas, Nona Riveralah yang membantuku melamar program DACA*
DACA = Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, program pemerintah Amerika Serikat untuk imigran yang masuk ke Amerika secara ilegal ketika masih anak-anak

She told me about the TheDream.us scholarship.
Dia memberitahuku tentang beasiswa TheDream.us

I didn’t even want to apply.
Aku bahkan tidak mau melamar.

I was ready to give up.
Aku sudah siap untuk menyerah.

I’d just accepted that I’d always work in restaurants like my mom.
Aku sudah menerima kenyataan bahwa aku akan bekerja di rumah makan seperti ibuku.

But Ms. Rivera made me apply.
Tapi Nona Rivera membuatku melamar program itu.

She said: ‘What happened to that girl who wanted to be a lawyer?’
Dia berkata: ‘Apa yang terjadi pada anak yang dulunya ingin jadi pengacara?’

I learned that I got the scholarship in February.
Aku mendapat kabar di bulan Februari bahwa aku lolos dan mendapatkan beasiswanya.

They’re paying for my entire college.
Mereka membayar seluruh biaya kuliahku.

Ms. Rivera was so proud of me.
Nona Rivera begitu bangga padaku.

She kept saying: ‘I told you so.’
Dia selalu berkata: ‘Benar kan yang kubilang.’