yeah, my PS is pretty much about that. i feel its more than a representation of the situation many third/fourth/second generation mexican-americans feel. for instance, my parents had me go with my grandpa to work in a beet field all summer in minnesota the summer before my eighth grade year so "i could experience what they did every year and also learn the value of a dollar". the memories of hoeing weeds out in the fields (as my grandpa does to this day) is more than motivation.
but hey, i dont think you need to worry, i wont be applying to maybe more than one school you will be
Hey sketch, for my family it was picking cotton in South Texas. Man - I heard so many stories about it as a kid. It was awful. But unlike you I got off lucky, my parents never made me pick cotton as a kid. However, one summer I tried picking watermelons to make a little extra money - picking watermelon is a LOT easier than picking cotton. Even so - i only lasted 1 week. It was BRUTAL!!!