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    Student Migrant Farm Workers By: Cristopher Zamora & Jose De Leon

    Students today have many excuses towards putting effort into their education. They think that sitting inside of a classroom is a difficult job that requires them to work intensely. However, being a student is not the most difficult job that a child or adolecent could have. During an interview with three former migrant farm workers at The University of Texas Pan American, they explained the importance of working in the field in order to provide money for the families while trying to attend school.

    Migrant workers are people who move to a location where work can be found. Migrant farm workers, specifically, move states according to the season of the produce. Kids can be sent to work as soon as they know how to do field assignments. They can vary from little five-year-olds to sixty year olds. These group of people are usually made up of low income families that seek jobs that are based on agriculture. Their payment is usually low compared to other jobs, and it requires a lot of of effort and energy. However, they still work in the out in the field because it is the only work that is available for them.

    When asked about their early life and their time in school, one migrant farm working student mentioned how their childhood consisted on going around the west side of the United States in order to go to work with their family. He started working in the field when he was seven years old due to his father not being able to bend down to cut the tomatoes due to his bad back. School was not really a priority in his family because of their economic status. His family needed all the money they could get, so they moved to farms where workers could get employeed. This caused him to change schools each year. He ahd difficulty learning in the new school since they were in different lessons that he had not covered yet.

    He was not given the best education but he made the most of it. There were many excuses that were given to him so that he could quit being a student, but he persevered and continued with his education. Even though the three migrant students agreed on disliking the field work they did when they where younger, they valued their situations because it made them the people who they are today. They learned to value what they were given because they grew up with so little.

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