This fall I was able to start my first year in the American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program at Western Oregon University. I’ve attended this school for the last two years and had applied for this program last spring. Thankfully, I was accepted and just finished my first term in the program.
In Oregon, we are still doing remote learning, meaning it’s all online classes. At first, I was beyond stressed. I was nervous my grades weren’t going to be all A’s. I was worried that my schedule was going to be jam packed. I was basically a ball of anxiety and stress towards the beginning of the term. The reason for the anxiety and stress was because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be more difficult with it being a new program that I had just started, and it happens to be all online. After the term ended, I passed all my classes with flying colors. I found ways that help my learning and was able to come up with a plan for my hectic schedule. I looked back though and remembered that not once this term did I have to worry about my financial situation. I didn’t have to carry that stress. I didn’t have to worry about taking out another loan or finding a full-time job that would potentially be more time-absorbing than being able to use that time for schoolwork.
I really cannot thank you all enough. It makes me think of when I received the E-mail about my award. To be quite honest, I thought there was an error in the E-mail! My jaw dropped, and I yelled for my mom. I instantly started crying because I was set for this year. Of course, they were happy tears! So much stress had lifted off my shoulders, and I prayed and said thank you so many times. I hope you all know that I am beyond grateful for this opportunity you have given me. I wouldn’t be here at Western Oregon still studying and planning to become an interpreter without this foundation and all of you that are a part of it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.