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Two years later, the couple graduated simultaneously from Boston University. Maria was at the top of her class, earning an award of excel- lence to accompany her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. As a result of her hard work and merit, she was offered a full scholarship at BU to con- tinue her dental education for three more years. "It was impossible to turn down this opportunity," she enthuses. "I had always wanted to work with patients in restorative dentistry." Upon her finish in 2004, she became a dentist with a license to prac- tice in New England in her specialty and immediately received an offer at a private practice. This entitled Maria to an H-1B visa, which is reserved for foreigners with specialty expertise. Meanwhile, José and Maria had started a family in Boston, welcoming their daughter the same year as Maria's entry into American dentistry. Despite the happy times — by now, José had a work permit and was employed with MasterCard's mergers and acquisition unit in Immigrated from: C A R A C A S , V E N E Z U E L A The Cardenas and Carrillo Family of Weston José Carrillo and Dr. Maria Cardenas say when they came in Boston in 1999, they weren't planning on staying in the United States for the long term. "My wife, Maria, and I arrived in Boston from Venezuela on student visas," says José, a realtor at Keller Williams luxury homes division in Chestnut Hill. "We were both born and raised in Caracas, and the idea was to obtain our master's degrees and return home." They were married only 45 days before their arrival in the U.S., sched- uled to begin pursuing higher education at Boston University — José to obtain his MBA and Maria to acquire advanced education in general dentistry. "We wanted to train in Boston because of the high level of educa- tional opportunities," Maria emphasizes. "The best dental schools are here, including BU, Harvard, and Tufts. I had already graduated from dental school in Venezuela. And José was accepted to both BU and Babson. So, Boston made so much sense for us." The Cardenas and Carrillo Family 82 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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