My name is Alicia Castro, I know we all have problems whether it involves money, relationships, job hunting, school, work, family, friends, and disability. I created this website to share my story and help you embrace life. Enjoy the little things you currently have. You only get to live once. Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive. Never forget those who where there for you when nobody else was. Live life to the fullest , think positive thoughts, and never forget who you are.
At age 9, I was diagnosed with bilateral reverse sensorineural hearing loss. I watched my classmates passing school grades without struggling. My parents divorced and my father took off with my brother who is 9 years older than me. I was raised by my mother, a single parent and lived in a garage. My mother purchased my first pair of hearing aids at age 12. By then, the public school system failed me. My mother decided to enroll me at a Catholic school and repeated 5th grade (my mother’s decision). Since then, I watched my mother work two jobs full-time as a machine operator. The more I watched her work, the more I wanted to learn because I wanted to make her proud. Instead of complaining, I stayed up late every night and woke up early to complete my homework. I wanted to prove myself that my hearing loss does not define me. It challenges me daily and I learned two important lessons in life – patience and hard work.
In 2014, I graduated from the University of La Verne, earned a master’s degree in Public Administration and borrowed $42,215 student loans. I was unemployed for a year and my debt increased up to $48k. Growing up with hearing loss, I always knew getting a degree would not be easy. Especially being the first in the family to earn a bachelor’s and a master degree. Who would have thought, a 9 year girl who lived in a garage, raised by a single mother is now debt-free and works full-time as a Human Resources Assistant for NASA. Patience and hard work pays off. Never stop believing in yourself and never forget those who helped you.