My name is Omar Gama and I am undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic.
I still remember those dark and cold moments when I walked for 3 nights and 2 days just to cross the border. Looking back as my mom was being left behind because she could not walk any longer, having complete strangers carry me because I was too tired to walk, stepping on cacti because it was too dark to see where I was going, to sleeping in a house with 20+ people waiting to be shipped to our destinations. These and many others are memories that will forever be ingrained in my memory.
As a child, I withstood the verbal attacks and hate from my young peers only because I could not understand the language. I withstood being made fun of and even physically attacked because I looked different. But those moments only drove me to grow stronger and to teach the rest of the world that I could be someone.
I learned the language within 2 years and moved up with my Academics. Even though I barely even passed Elementary School, my goal was to be the best at everything I could be.
In High School, I graduated with a 3.89 GPA and was a member of many clubs and after-school activities. From being the Co-captain of my Tennis Varsity Team, to clubs and JROTC activities, even school plays and musicals. I have never given up and I have shown many people that you do not need papers to accomplish your goals.
At Indiana University, my goal is to earn a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, in a Nonprofit Management Field and help the many organizations out there willing to help their community. I am an active member in my school and always strive to help the ones in need.
I am the President of my fraternity, La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated. I am the Vice President of the Multicultural Greek Council at Indiana University and also Vice President of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Undergraduate Student Association.
Last year, in December of 2010, I, along with my brother and a friend, participated in a 2 week huger strike to advocate for the DREAM Act and raise awareness throughout the Bloomington community. It was a really empowering experience and I would do it again for the thousands of young undocumented Hoosiers out there afraid because of all this hate being shout at them as well. We need to stand up and draw the line. It is not a matter of politics anymore; legislators are playing with our lives and we cannot allow that any longer. We need to fight back and show everyone that we are real faces they speak of and we will never fall back.
Individually we are strong, but united we are invincible.
My name is Omar Gama, and I am an UNDOCUMENTED student at Indiana University in Bloomington. I am UNAFRAID, and UNAPOLOGETIC.