Velvet’s Story 2014

Velvet’s Story 2014

When I was first asked to say something about my getting my GED I was excited. Then I set down to write this and realized it was going to be harder than I expected. How do you sum up one the best choices you ever made into a few lines?

Let me tell you where I was when I started working on my GED this last time last year.

I had two test left math and writing, (my two worst subjects.) I didn’t have a lot of work to do in the writing, but in math I had to start at my times tables. With hard work and help from the American School of Success and the Londer Learning Center I was able to knock those two test out in time for fall term in Community Collage 2013.

Let me tell you where I am now.

I am in my third term at Portland Community College (PCC).  I have a GPA of 4.0, made the presidents list each term. I am doing the classes I can at PCC to get my Associates in Science Transfer Degree;  and will have all the writing and math requirements for that by the end of the fall term 2014. Then I will transfer to Portland State University, to complete a BA in Social Work. However, those are just the things I have achieved and hope to achieve at PCC.

More Importantly College changed my life in ways I never thought was possible. Not only did it change the way I see the world and my place in that world, but it changed the way I see myself. I no longer see myself as “stupid or not book smart.”  I no longer see my future as limited because I lack skills or education, I see my life as limitless because I have learned that just because I don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean I can’t learn. College has taught me how to step outside my comfort zone with the fear of failure.

I have learned the only time you fail is if you don’t try at all. That is my life today.

Velvet Rose Aguilar

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