ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Voices: On Eve of My College Graduation, My Mother's Gift to Me

Voices: On Eve of My College Graduation, My Mother's Gift to Me

NEW YORK, NY -- As the countdown to my college graduation comes to an end, I want to take a moment to recognize that this achievement is as much because of my mother than because of me.

My mom earned her Bachelor's degree from the National Pedagogic University of Colombia on February 4th, 1994. I was born on February 10th. I've always teased my mom and told her she should be thankful that I didn't decide to make my debut earlier.

My mom has always been my best friend. Just look at that chubby smile on my face! That is true love right there.

My mother is the smartest woman I know. That may be a cliche but, to this day, I will go to her for information about anything and everything. She's told me several times that if she had been able to afford it, she would have absolutely loved to be a doctor. I think she would have been great too.

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