Jose Gomez Macias’ Story

Facing College: Immigrant & International Students’ Stories from Mott Community College (Flint, MI)


Jose Gomez Macias’ Story

As retold by Gwendolyn Hopkins


Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico

Most of my life

I was a child

A child with more work than you could imagine

A school that you’d never understand

Hard work


I was a child

A child who loved metal

Understanding the mechanics of movement

Understanding the mechanics of organization




A team I was jointed to

Ones who did not try

But always succeeded


I was a child

A child full of drive


Flint Michigan, U.S.A.

Least of my life

I am an adult


I’m out of the house now  

My own would say I’m too juvenile  

You’d say I’m perfectly ripened



30 days ago I took a voyage that not many take where I am from

in my town

my family  


I am the third and final of my siblings

I want to emulate them

my kin  

their knowledge an opus


A tumult of a country I am in now

A united country

still better than my own


I followed my sisters to this town

Its state who claims as being pure


it’s Water can’t be used


I started college just a month ago

Understanding the mechanics of Design

Understanding the mechanics of the wrist



I am an adult with less work than my family could imagine

A school that they would never understand



I must not complain

for I have had impressive opportunities


I have worked hard to get here

and the support to last me a lifetime


I crave the prestige of a chiseled education

To provide in the future

To give back                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

I’ve sailed many voyages

some many days ahead of 30

some 30 days from now


I’m out of the house now

you’d say I’m too Juvenile

my own would say I’m perfectly ripened



I am an adult

An adult full of drive


-Gwendolyn Hopkins


This story originally appeared in Facing College: Immigrant & International Students’ Stories, a publication of The Facing Project that was organized by Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan.

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