Jakelin M.

Jakelin M.

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More About Me

Community: Paley
Grade: 6th
Birthday: 12/30/2007
Favorite Subject: Language and English

Dream: I want to become a teacher, get married, and have my own family

Biography: I live in Paley and my name is Jakelin. I like to go to school. My classes fill me up with happiness because I can learn new things every day. I live with my parents, three siblings, and a small dog whose name is Puma. My father rescued him from the streets. My father is a farmer, he looks for a job with different people everyday. When he can not find work for the day, he takes care of his crops and my mother is a stay-at-home mom. My father does not have a stable income and for this reason we have economic problems. For this reason, my parents can not continue sponsoring me in my academics, but I do not lose hope to accomplish my dream of being a teacher to give classes to the kids and have the opportunities of working and supporting my family. In the future, I would like to have my own family and I would like to provide them with a better quality of life.

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