Ceiling Breaker

I am an immigrant from Mexico, a Tufts university graduate, and currently an entrepreneur and consultant in California.  My journey in the US started In 2012, when my family made the decision to move to the US due to increasing violence and the promise of better education in the US. At the time we didn’t fully understand the complexity of the American dream and immigration law, but we took a leap of faith. As immigrants we are told to work hard, learn English and adapt, which I did my first couple years. When it was time to apply to college, my counselor told me that a four year university was not possible because of my immigration status, and while I felt discouraged, I refused to give up and started researching new opportunities. In 2016 I was accepted to Tufts University on a full ride, and although I felt incredibly grateful, I knew that a degree was not going to fix my immigration status or provide me with job opportunities without a work authorization. As graduation approached, anxiety started to kick in; What happens next? Who is going to hire me? Will I be able to use my degree? Was college even worth it if I can’t use the degree?

 

When I graduated this past May, I asked myself an important question: do I want to be a victim or do I want to be a victor? For a long time I was sad; I was anxious about my future, to a point where I was too depressed to attend job fairs and networking events, thinking they didn’t matter if I didn’t have a status. However there was a point where I was tired of being tired. I had to decide whether I was going to cry about it, or find a solution. My predicament taught me that obstacles can bring an equal seed of opportunity and although we might believe we have been buried, we have been planted.

I truly believe desperate times can bring out your most creative side, and if there is anything I’m thankful for, it’s the HUSTLE that my immigration status brought into my life.

Now, I laugh about all the things I did in college to get extra money, from babysitting, waitressing, and even plugging cables in my head for university studies. My experience inspired my entrepreneurial side, which is something I’m now able to use to create a living, especially during COVID times where everything is digital.

 

When I graduated college in 2020 I had developed a passion for finance, investing, entrepreneurship and the immigrant experience. I wanted to be able to bring awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship in immigrant communities, but also teach communities of color (who often lack financial literacy) about the importance of investing, budgeting and financial planning. After working with one of my mentors for almost two years, I started working with an educational platform that helps people learn how to invest in many financial markets (stocks, foreign exchange, crypto) regardless of their immigration status. Now that I live near Silicon Valley in California, I learned a lot  about crypto currencies and blockchain technology and many ways they can be used in my community. In college I learned a lot about blockchain technology and saw a huge potential in decentralized digital assets for communities of color and immigrants. In many communities of color, people lack financial literacy, and are quick to open credit cards and ask for loans without fully understanding the implications. Debt is a new form of prison where disproportionately more black and brown people are susceptible to engage in.  Even the concept of credit itself gives banks and financial entities complete control on what a person can purchase. Coming from a community where opening a bank account causes fear because of immigration status, I saw an urgent need for decentralized forms of currency. Apps like cash app, paypal and venmo have completely revolutionized money online, and apps like cash app already allow users to buy bitcoin. Crypto represents an incredible opportunity for marginalized communities to learn and fully have control over their money, yet a lot of this information is not often accessible.

 

Our academy has over 100,000 students and we continue to grow and expand to more and more people. While there are so many things I’m still learning and I’m growing to be, if there is anything that life has taught me is to be a ceiling breaker, because way too many doors were closed for me to keep knocking. I’m currently on a journey to educate more people about crypto currencies and other forms of investing. Our platform provides interactive videos, live education and extensive mentorship for people interested in learning about long and short term investing in the crypto world.  I’m super excited for my entrepreneurial journey, and l continue to break windows and ceilings even when doors are closed.

Alejandra Corbella

Alejandra Corbella

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