So it’s been a little over a month since I’ve been dacamented. To be honest, I wasn’t super excited because I knew I was going to be approved. The thing I was most excited about was- having accessing to the basic things that people take for granted. That EAD, SSN, and every privilege that comes along with it has been something I’ve always been thinking about….”how my life would have been or could have been if I had[insert government document name].” Now that I have all of that I can finally feel like a normal young adult-not having to carry my passport as form of ID, not having to leave that SSN number blank or using an ITIN (when permitted) . Alot of people forget how important these things are and how limited your life is without them. To me being DACAmented means I can finally live a stalled life. I can get a job and grow as a professional. I can get an CA ID(which I just got)and a License(which is the next thing I’m gonna get) which will make me finally feel like an adult. I don’t have to lie to my friend about why I use a passport instead of a CA ID…I don’t need to explain my self. I can just be me without feeling out of place. It’s great that I have all of this but I know that it will expire in 2 years and that it’s not the solution that our community needs nor deserves. As a DACA approval, I will work to encourage others to apply and to make sure that they don’t settle. ALL MY LIFE HERE IN THE US, I’VE FELT LIKE I’VE SETTLED . Knowing the power of organizing and the real change we can make…I WILL NOT SETTLE UNTIL THE BROKEN SYSTEM IS FIXED…IN A TRULY COMPREHENSIVE WAY. I will not let others dictate my life nor limit what I can and want to do. I will fight for what I believe. DACA isn’t the end…IT’S BARELY THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY…BEING DACAMENTED is the opportunities I was denied…all the possibilities of internships…and study abroad…all those missed opportunity. I’ll be real with you, I finally feel like…I CAN LIVE MY LIFE. Although I know life has yet to begin. My life will fully begin and be realized when I have access to the same services, rights, and opportunity as of an LPR or U.S.Citizen. Life begins for me when I can travel the world and when I can live my life to the fullest. Being DACAmented is only a demonstration of my potential and my community’s potential.