Three years ago, I was an engineer in Colombia! I had to leave and search for new opportunities because, sadly, when you are 50 years old, you and your experiences are no longer valued. I have two careers, and I have worked with a company for over 25 years.

I never imagined starting over at 50 or being here washing dishes, but I feel valued here. The service industry in the USA is more respected and well-paid, so when you get that, you work with honor. I believe the kitchen is a great way to step into another country. It’s a safe space to start. I can even see and hear stories of people climbing the ladder, which is gratifying.