STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
While the names have been changed, these are true stories of students who attended Pima College and subsequently became highly successful in their lives.
Rebecca’s mom started her on drugs and alcohol when she was very young, but the beatings had begun even earlier. That is the only life she knew for when she grew up she continued that highly dysfunctional lifestyle, living on the streets and always drunk or drugged. Her stories of homelessness were horrendous and would make a Hollywood movie pale in comparison, but the worst, she would explain, was the look in people’s eyes when she asked for some food and the people would look away in disgust because she was horribly disheveled and forsaken.
About the time she turned 50 years of age and having always lived her life on the streets and abused, she knew that she wasn’t going to live another year if she stayed on the streets, so she went to a shelter and begged to come in. She had done this many times before and it had never worked out, but this time she knew she was dead the next time she was on the streets, so when the shelter said she would have to attend school she squinched because that was the worst thing of all for she had been the worst student and had never finished high school.
She found a program though that seemed like it shouldn’t be too tough and she thought that maybe she could goof off and still stay in the shelter. Didn’t quite work out that way though – the teacher was very tough and hard, and even college educated students in the program complained because it was so hard. So, she started thinking of how she could sabotage all of this and make it someone else’s fault so that she could still stay in the shelter. She still is not sure how, but the teacher got her through the program and off the teacher shipped her to an employer who had hired many of this teacher’s students before.
A couple of months went by, and one day her teacher called to tell her that she wanted to meet with her because her employer had called and said there were some serious problems with the student. They met at Wendy’s and the teacher explained that the employer was very concerned about the student because all she did was work, work, work and that it wasn’t healthy to work so much. With tears in her eyes, the student explained that she loved her work because she had never ever thought that she could ever have a job where she did so well and that she had just bought her first house and first car.
Ten years have gone by and still the student calls her teacher to tell her that everything is still as great as ever……