GRAD Spotlight: Oscar Diaz Jr.
June 07, 2022 - 09:23 AMGRAD SPOTLIGHT is a series where we will be highlighting our 2022 graduates' stories. The series runs on the Mt. SAC social media channels.
“I was a very angry, confused, and lost person,” he says.
“I wasted a lot of years thinking that my life did not matter,” he says, “and I was not worthy of anything better.”
“It was time for me to finally pursue the educational opportunities I had been denying myself all these years,” he says. “My background in American Sign Language (ASL), interpreting for my parents, and involvement in the deaf community prompted me to seek certification in ASL/Interpreting.”
“I decided not only to seek certification for ASL/Interpreting,” he says, “but also to continue my education and earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees with the goal of becoming a college professor and advocate for the deaf community.”
“This will be the first time I have ever graduated from any school and been able to participate in a commencement ceremony,” he says. “Graduating is the accumulation of a lifetime of uncertainties, disappointments, and discouragements being overcome. My hard work and perseverance have paid off, and I am finally able to satisfy my hunger for higher education. It is the first step in my educational journey, and I am humbled to be able to finally be called a graduate.”
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