First, there are the professors and faculty members at Indiana Tech who welcomed her with open arms.
Next, her soccer teammates who keep her smiling.
Third, her boyfriend’s family who made sure she never spent a holiday alone.
“My family in Colombia, they are still the best,” she told The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/1gaJ7hp ). “There’s nothing like my mom. She’s my one and only.”
On Saturday, all four families will celebrate as she graduates from Indiana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.
Cabal Carmona, 22, will be among nearly 700 Indiana Tech graduates who will walk across the stage Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
It’s a moment they’ve long awaited and the first time her parents, Monica and Pedro, will be visiting their daughter in Fort Wayne together.
“I’m so excited to see them,” Cabal Carmona said. “I can hardly wait.”
Four years ago, Cabal Carmona wasn’t sure she was going to make it through her first semester of college.
“My family means everything to me,” she said. “The people on the plane with me probably think I’m being forced to leave the country, the way that I cry. Even now that I’ve done it a few times, I just bawl.”
She graduated from an American-run high school in Colombia with dual diplomas - one for the United States and the other for her home county.