Major: Liberal Arts
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
"Determination and positive thinking are the key to success in life no matter what you have or who you are."
In all 2012, I started volunteering with the Compeer Program. It uses the power of friendship to help people who have mental illnesses and other mental disabilities. I find helping people with mental illnesses very rewarding, which makes me want to get more involved.
Compeer helps me to be part of the community, and helps me to know who I am and what I want in life. Compeer is also a great program for students who are interested in going to graduate school for psychology or social work.
UMass Dartmouth is very special to me as this is where I’ve found friends and people who care.
My favorite staff person is Christine Frizzell, director of the Counseling Center, whom I’ve known since 2011. She’s caring, understanding, helpful, and most of all, she’s been an advisor who has inspired and motivated me.
My greatest challenge at UMass Dartmouth is getting A grades. Even though I have disabilities, I try to study as much as possible to get good grades and get into graduate school.
Incoming students can succeed in academics, even if they have disabilities, as long as they have determination and motivation, and think positively. Determination and positive thinking are the key to success in life no matter what you have or who you are.