INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - Elizabeth Olivas has a lot of dreams. One dream was to speak at her high school graduation from Frankfort High School.
That dream almost did not come true after she became stuck in Mexico after being a day late in renewing her visa. With the help of family, friends and Indiana lawmakers Olivas returned home on May 31, 2012. It was just days before graduation.
"[In Mexico] I was just thinking about getting home," Olivas said. "I knew going to Mexico I would come back. I didn't know exactly when."
Now Olivas is completing her next dream by going to college. She is about to finish up her freshman year as a nursing student at Marian University in Indianapolis.
It is one of several schools she was accepted to.
"I was coming back from IU Bloomington when I got a phone call from Marian, and they told me I had full tuition," Olivas said. "That set my decision."
Olivas called herself a normal college student trying to balance school work with new friends.
However, after getting statewide media attention last year she sometimes does not go unnoticed.
"There have been a couple of people even a couple of professors who said, 'You look familiar,'" Olivas said. "I don't tell them the story. I want to see if they can catch it."
Olivas said although her ordeal across the border was hard. She said it shaped her life for the better.
"I put my whole life in the hands of several people," Olivas said. "It was nice knowing they trusted me and I trusted them, and I had all the support. I think I learned to depend on others and their will to help others."
In five years Olivas can start her process of becoming an United States citizen. She said it will complete her American dream.
It's been nearly a month since a tornado damaged Southwestern Middle School and Mintonye Elementary School, giving faculty the task of helping students transition to their new surroundings.
There were several two hour delays for area schools Thursday morning. As of Thursday evening, there are none for Friday morning.
Donations are being accepted to help around 300 seniors receive a holiday gift.