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July 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

UW graduate kept from medical school

Student has options

Simon Mendoza graduated from the University of Washington. He teaches medical and dental summer students how to take blood pressure. Mendoza hopes to attend medical school at the UW, but the School of Medicine, like other medical schools across the country, has a policy against accepting students who entered the country illegally. That leaves the 22-year-old, whose parents brought him to the U.S. when he was an infant, with few options for fulfilling his dream.

Simon Mendoza graduated from the University of Washington. Mendoza hopes to attend medical school at the UW, but the School of Medicine, like other medical schools across the country, has a policy against accepting students who entered the country illegally. That leaves the 22-year-old, whose parents brought him to the U.S. when he was an infant, with few options for fulfilling his dream.

Simon Mendoza feels that he should be admitted to the University of Washington School of Medicine, despite having entered the country illegally. [“UW dream beyond his reach,” NW Monday, July 15.]

I have no sympathy for Mendoza. I am a senior citizen and I was accepted to two very fine universities, but could not attend them because my parents could not afford the tuition.

I attended a small college in the Midwest with a large scholarship, and I worked throughout my entire four years. I graduated with an A average, but I had a hard time getting a job because I was female. This was a time when newspaper help-wanted ads were divided into men’s and women’s sections. Nevertheless, I persisted in applying for men’s jobs, and finally landed a good one.

Mendoza has choices. He can wait for loopholes, or he can move to Mexico and go to school there.

Linda Thom, Coupeville

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