Copyright 2012 Mia Rodriguez
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For my radiant nieces, Jasmine Strasser and Eunice Rodriguez, and their beautiful children--Necalli Strasser, Alicia Chua, Celeste Chua, and Israel Ruben Rodriguez.
For my handsome nephews, Joluis Rodriguez, Hector Rivas, Alan Rodriguez, and Juaben Rodriguez.
For the truly awesome and immensely hardworking people I work with at the Dona Ana Community College--Selma Saenz, Teresa Palacios, Ms. Giron, Rocio, Miriam, and Andra.
Yanette Jimenez--you are one of the best and most giving teachers ever! I could've never made it without you. My eternal gratitude is yours. I'm in awe of you.
Joanna Alvarado--thank you for teaching me so much. Your readiness to unselfishly help and be inclusive helped me more than you'll ever know.
Irene Aguirre--you are one of the best bosses I've ever had! Your ability to inspire those around you to do their best and then some is such a gift to whoever works for you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have no idea what your willingness to take a chance on me has done in my life.