June 2, 2014 acast018

                            2010                                                 2006 at UCR Wow, my weekend was exciting and adventurous. I registered for a Job Fair event with Sarah Ilarde on Saturday, May 31. Sarah prefers that I call her “roomie,” she and I used to be roommates for four years during our undergraduate program at UCR between 2006 and 2010. The last time we attended a job fair together was in 2010. Four years later, we meet again for another job…

February 28, 2014 Alicia Castro

  It’s been a month since I last walked for my grad school commencement. It feels good to be done with school but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop learning or studying. I love learning especially upgrading my software skills. Lately I’ve been watching lots of TED Show Talks and I can’t stop thinking about joining the show as a Speaker to talk about my story and where I am. Earlier this week, I discussed my ideas with Claude, academic advisor for the MPA program at the University of La Verne. She mentioned why I haven’t emailed them….

October 31, 2013 Alicia Castro 4Comment

I am very happy to announce to my followers and readers that last night I completed my master’s program. A special thank you to my mother and brother for always encouraging me to never give up on my dreams. I thank everyone who helped me in this journey, especially the Partner in Care Foundation, Change a Life Foundation, Christensen Hearing Center, Greg, Sharma, Brenda, Paula and many wonderful people who donated at my fundraiser to purchase new hearing aids. Thank you for all your kindness and support in helping me through my graduate school. I also want to take the faculty and…

October 10, 2013 acast018

When I made the decision to apply for graduate school, I felt scared. I kept telling myself that no school would consider me for earning less than 2.4 GPA during my undergraduate years and failing the GRE, twice. Feeling frustration, I called Sharma and DeShawn, my mentors from high school, to ask for their advice. They’ve been mentoring me since we first met in 2004. Till this day, they’re still mentoring me. They’re my angels and the best mentors in the entire world. I would not be the person I am today without them. I missed the deadline to apply for…

September 12, 2013 Alicia Castro 10Comment

The further I research my dissertation paper “Impact of Hearing Loss in Higher Education,” the more I’m reminded about my hearing loss struggles in education. Currently, I’m reading an article about children receiving speech therapy at an early age when they’re diagnosed with hearing loss. Children receiving speech therapy are more likely to improve their communication and speak normal in their everyday lives. That’s not how it went for me. I was enrolled at a public elementary school system, diagnosed with hearing loss at age 8, and wore hearing devices since age 9. I received speech treatment once or twice…

January 5, 2013 acast018

No matter what type of school you’re enrolled in, you must not give up on your education at all. Just because you feel disappointed with your grades and may not graduate on time with your friends doesn’t mean you should give up. Just because your family, friends and loved ones do not support you and tell you how disappointed they are does not mean you should quit school. So what?! Who cares what others think of you? Those who laugh at you are doing their best to make sure you quit. Did I mention that I almost gave up in middle school…

October 5, 2012 Alicia Castro

  There was a time where education was a priority for employers but now things are different in the work environment. Employers are hiring workers who have a diverse set of skills such as leadership, communication, technology knowledge, education, and much more. These skills are necessary but earning a higher level of education is the most important because there are more opportunities to get the career we desire. Always remember that as soon as you earn your degree, you may or may not get the career you are searching. It will take time to get there but you will get…

September 25, 2012 Alicia Castro

It took me six years to embrace my hearing loss. Reasons why I hated wearing hearing aids wasn’t because they looked ugly, but because I was bullied. I was bullied a lot in my elementary, middle, and high school years. The bullying continued to increase throughout the years and I started to believe in myself less.  I was scarred for many years; I spoke less because I was afraid the bullying would continue. I was bullied because I used to wear “behind the ear” hearing aids and wore my hair up in a ponytail.  No matter how many times I…