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Ami Laochuazon

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."
Tell us about something you’re involved with here and how it’s changed you.

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.

What makes UMass Dartmouth special?

UMass Dartmouth is very special to me as this is where I’ve found friends and people who care.

Who’s your favorite staff person and why?

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.

What has been your greatest challenge?

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.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

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.