Usually, from what I have observed with my acquaintances and stereotypes, it seems that Latinos largely are not/ not perceived as very likely to place much importance on education(of course that doesn't apply to everyone). Most of my friends' parents didn't give a fuck about whether they even showed up to school or not. My parents, who are also immigrants by the way(as am I), however were/are the exact opposite. My parents, especially my father, have always put a lot of pressure on me to do well in school. He's always believed me to be exceptionally intelligent and for quite sometime I believed him as well as my classmates/ teachers who told me the same thing. I've now come to realize that that is in fact not at all accurate; I am merely a good improviser and problem solver. I'm almost certain I am of average intelligence, I am not so much smart as I am a very good guesser. I just know how to play the game that tests present for the most part. To this day I still get irritated when people tell me I am smart as it is a false statement/ an incorrect way to word it.
Anyway, my father put a lot of pressure on me to be the best, so naturally, being me; I was annoyed, rebelled against it, and began skipping school on a daily basis. I was short-sighted and self-destructive. I didn't care about school, I still have days where I just want to drop out so I can be free to do whatever I want, but I don't actually act on these ideas like before, I realize it's just the stress talking. Long story short; I am now forced to attend a community college for 2 years with most of the jerk-wads I went to high school with, (who's ambition only seems to go as far as getting their AA and running or mooching off financial aid for as long as possible ) because I screwed up my first two years of high school. So, I can't say I didn't bring this upon myself. The last two years I managed to get my butt in gear and raise my GPA from a 1.0(I am serious that was my GPA) to a 3.0, however that wasn't enough to get me into anywhere I wanted to go. So here I am in a temporary hell where I at least I have straight A's now. It's been very difficult to learn to develop a sort of work ethic being that I never even tried to in high school. Let's just say I really suck at managing my time well(I am here after all). All in all, I deeply regret my shortsightedness and seek atonement, I didn't realize what I was doing, I didn't realize that all my parents did to force me to go/stay in school was for my own good. Most of all I didn't fully realize how lucky I was to have someone who cared about my education. As I mentioned before, my friends' parents didn't care at all about whether they even came to school or not, most of them only cared about them getting a job to bring more money in. My parents have never wanted that from me, they never wanted me to be like most of the other kids at my old school, they've never pressured me into getting a job, they've always told me all my needs would be provided for if I stayed/did well in school, perhaps they've coddled and sheltered me too much in that respect but now I have come to understand that my friends who's parents didn't nag them about school weren't the fortunate one's, I was.
So, yes it seems that unlike most of the other Latinas around me, I was actually pressured to do well in regards to education.