Mateo Salazar
Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
Was born in 1995 in Cali, Colombia into a middle-class family and moved to NY in January of 2000. Got accustomed quickly with the language but not the cold, still not a big fan of the winter. Finished all levels of education here in Long Island but never actually finished college, dont have any degree but im ok with that cause i learned by myself that you dont need a degree to be successful in life, comes with a little luck, how hard you push yourself, and meeting the right people. You work hard in life and its going to reward you in the long run or you can just sit and watch the days go by and life just isnt going to reward you. Started working at the age of 18 with cars at Mavis, went to a dealership for Acura at the age of 21, and now im at Tesla. Plan to make it my last job and just move up the ranks in Tesla.
What are the bad things you see on social media?
Cyber-bullying is the top that i see. Seen on news of kids no more than the age of 12 committing suicide do to the problem with bullying, and that does break me, sucks to hear stories like that, you break down a person so much to the point where they feel better if they took their own life.
What are the hardships you go through?
Me being immigrant, i felt i was the odd one during my elementary school years, noone treated me unfair and i appreciate that but i feel like i didnt fit in, my first set of friends were all hispanics so that was comfortable for me. Later becoming a Dreamer opened up a whole bunch of doors to me that wouldnt have been possible till this day. I wouldnt have a job, no drivers license, nothing.
What are your goals in life?
To be successful. Thats everyones goal but i want to get there as quickly as possible, i want to be able to retire early and go back to Colombia and just enjoy life over there, thats my main objective. I want to be able to just wake up, look at my bank account and go back to sleep knowing i dont have to work another day in my life.
What would you do if you could change the world?
Take care of out planet, its the only one we have, destroying it by oil drilling, global warming, destroying habitats that we need to share with other animals, saving the rainforests and oceans, we as a species need to do that, we live here, you don’t go around destroying your own home unless your making it better for everyone in it? We humans as a species is a total failure and a plague to earth
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
Very happy, only decision i regret is never trying out for a college soccer team to make it professional

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