Yesenia, Eloisa and Ana Delia Bustamante Oviedo (2016)
My First Generation Story
As young immigrants from Mexico, our lives were very challenging. Our first day of school in the United States was extremely traumatic. Because of the language barrier, we could not successfully convey our needs or concerns to anyone. We had no idea what to expect. That struggle continued for years. We were economically disadvantaged, too. Our family’s economic situation was so severe that we could not afford basic necessities such as clothing, supplies for school and food.
Yesenia was the first to graduate from Tarleton. Like all of us, she had to overcome many personal and financial challenges to earn her degree, but with the help of Tarleton’s supportive staff and faculty, she completed her four-year degree early and inspired Eloisa and Ana Delia to follow. Yesenia was named 2016 Teacher of the Year at O.H. Stowe Elementary School in Haltom City, Texas. She’s sharing the same support and inspiration she received at Tarleton with the children she teaches.
Thanks to an athletic scholarship, Eloisa completed a two-year degree at Ranger College in Stephenville, Texas, before enrolling at Tarleton. Her challenges were just as real as her older sister’s. She worked three jobs during her senior year, feeling overwhelmed and wondering if she’d graduate. With the encouragement of her professors, peers and family, she walked across the stage this past spring with plans to return in the fall to start her graduate degree in social work.
During her undergraduate work at Tarleton, Eloisa was a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society and the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. She made the Dean’s List and was named Outstanding Undergraduate by the university’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
When Ana Delia graduated from high school in 2014, Yesenia and Eloisa were quick to recommend Tarleton. Eloisa even went to summer orientation with her. She immediately fell in love with the campus and experienced a calling to a career in education.
Tarleton made education accessible and possible for all of us. Everyone at Tarleton has made us feel at home. We’ve never doubted our decision to become Tarleton Texans. Tarleton holds a special place in our hearts. Thanks to Tarleton, our parents have seen the dream of an education and a better life come true for three of their children. As first-generation college students, we believe that education can change the world. It certainly changed ours.
About the Student
Three sisters—Yesenia, Eloisa and Ana Delia Bustamante Oviedo—were born in Guanajuato, Mexico, in an extremely poor village without running water or electricity. Education was a dream. Seeking a better future and quality of life, their family immigrated to the U.S. in 1998. They are first-generation college students—all Tarleton State University Texans and proud to bleed purple. Yesenia, 27, is a Tarleton alumna now working as bilingual teacher. Eloisa, 24, completed her bachelor’s in family consumer science this spring and begins her master’s in social work this fall. Ana Delia, 21, is pursuing a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies.
|Name: ||Yesenia, Eloisa and Ana Delia Bustamante Oviedo (2016)|
|Age: ||27, 24, 21|
|Year in School: ||Senior & Graduates|
|Major: ||Education, Social Work|
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|Dream Job: ||Working With Children|
About the School
With its main campus in Stephenville, an hour southwest of Fort
Worth, Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M
University System degree with its own brand of personal attention,
individual opportunities, history, tradition and community. Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100
undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education,
within five colleges.