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From Special Education To Doctoral Student: A Latino's College Journey.
Transcript of From Special Education To Doctoral Student: A Latino's College Journey.
Instructor & Doctoral Student
Washington State University
From Special Education to Doctoral Student:
A Latino’s College Journey
I was told to be funny
but I am not funny ....
My hope is to encourage you
Share my stories of struggles and success
College won't only change your life but also the lives of people around you
Inspire your brothers, sisters, cousins....
A little about my journey...
So a student asked me how
I got so smart.....
Desire to achieve
Desire in the face of perceived failure
The Importance Mentors
Find people that believe in you.
Mentors in my life, many great a few rude.
There 99 people that might tell you
you can't do something but listen to the
one that tells you that you can achieve!
Grew up speaking Spanish
From busy Cali to a Oregon ranch
Special education through high school
Knock on Doors
Always look for opportunities
It is okay to fail
I have failed, I just get up
Believe in yourself
Let your failures be your motivators
Remember, you are bigger then the sum of your failures
College will lead you to a place you have never thought of like....
To jobs you have never knew existed
To a world of possibility
When I grow up
I want to teach and be a research scientist
"The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop other people."
Dr. Randy Pausch
Questions, Answers, and Discussion
Secrets of College
So there is something you might not hear in your normal college pep talk.
College is Fun
You make great friends, grow, and explore
I was Counting
There is scholarship money out there.
Scholarships, Teaching Fellowships, Research Fellowships
Start thinking about Scholarships
My Walden Pond Summer
When I was 21 years old I decided to enjoy life, plan ahead, and worry less.
It has worked out well.
3 Months as a Park Ranger at Diamond Lake Oregon....a lot of time to reflect.
Desire: to long or hope or
Perceive: to regard as being such
Let me share a common story of my life.
Failure has been common
So what did I do ?
I re-thought my strategy
Worked my way up to calculus and have published scientific papers
Made great friends.
Taken advantage of my opportunities.
Get the most of your College Experience
Go to job fairs
Look for internships
Knock on doors
Mom wanted me to become a doctor.