A student chose to have her graduation photos taken on the field where her parents work to demonstrate that hard work pays off.

Jennifer Rocha’s graduation images serve as a heartfelt memorial to her parents, who passed away recently.

In the fields where they labour, I took some photos of her.

According to a piece of writing put on UC San Diego’s Facebook page, Rochea’s parents, who are from Michoacan, Mexico, “weren’t lucky enough to accomplish their dreams of pursuing further education and obtaining the dream occupations they wished.” Rochea’s parents “weren’t lucky enough to pursue their dreams of getting higher education and landing the dream jobs they desired.”

Accordingly, while she was in high school, her parents advised her that the only way she would be able to comprehend the importance of pursuing higher education was to work as a migrant field worker.


During her senior year of high school, Rocha began working in the fields alongside her parents, and she has remained in the field ever since.


Her father would pick her up and take her “to work in the fields overnight.”

For me to get the city bus on time, we would plant strawberries in the morning, get off the tractor at about 2-3 a.m., and get ready at 5 a.m.

Although the workers were suffering from backaches, Rosa commended them for persevering in the face of a swarm of flies, mosquitoes, and other insects buzzing about their faces and into their eyes.

“No one thinks about or pays attention to what happens behind the scenes of a grocery shop vegetable,” she wrote. However, someone behind it toils in the fields every day, breaking their backs.

Rocha continued to labour in the field even after graduating from high school, on weekends and during breaks.

Because her parents couldn’t afford her to have a room at school, she “had to commute from far-flung regions like Oceanside and Lakeside,” according to her.


Working two jobs, commuting, and going to school all at the same time was a challenge. My parents’ words of encouragement & love kept me going when I was ready to quit up.

Rocha was raised in a family of field workers, and her parents demonstrated to her sisters and me how difficult labor can be.

At the conclusion of her piece, Rocha stated, “Working in the fields nurtures and shapes a different type of character.” One who never loses up and is tough and powerful enough to deal with the dangers of the profession.”




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