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Raquel Garcia

July 27, 2023


Hillsdale, NY


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Brendan Paholak

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This interview with Raquel Garcia was conducted on July 27, 2023 at the Sylvan Motor Lodge in Hillsdale, NY. Raquel Garcia was born and raised on a ranch in Laredo, a small border town in the State of Texas. Garcia describes her life in chronological order starting at the ranch in Laredo where she lived surrounded by animals and her family. She talks about her sister and other family members and dynamics. She describes her experience being a teen mom and what her son means to her and her family pushing her to go to University instead of College. She is a first generation college student and attended Texas A&M International University, where she graduated from the Nursing school. She talks about the feeling of belonging and her job in the library at Texas A&M where she describes finding community. Garcia talks in depth about her work as a nurse moving from pediatric to psych and then home health and has a lot of criticism of the healthcare environment. She then got out of nursing and became a teacher, working with babies. She went on to earn her Masters in Library and Information Science. She started interning at Texas After Violence Project (TAVP) and ended up working there full time in 2022. This job is what brought her to OHSS as she works with oral history and archiving at (TAVP).This interview may be of interest to anyone looking for reassurance in changing jobs or professions; young mothers who want to go to college/university or are working full time; nurses that feel the healthcare environment is unhealthy and wish to either change jobs or the workplace; people who are examining ways in which the feel they belong or don’t belong.

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