Arizona Storytellers: Anel Arriola

Published: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:05am
Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:25am
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Anel Arriola shares her story at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Anel Arriola is a Mexican immigrant. Her parents brought her to the United States when she was 10 years old and enrolled her in a predominantly English-speaking school. Her first day of school she was so nervous about not being able to communicate with her teachers.

Anel Arriola is a mentor to first-generation college students at ASU and a research assistant at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

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