DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing post-secondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.
Chris, '01 Scholar
My name is Christopher, but my friends call me Chris. I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). My disability affects how long I can concentrate. My favorite subjects are English and history. I really want to become a lawyer. However, I would also like to teach high school history or become a police officer. I am also interested in computer-aided drafting and other engineering occupations. I enjoy meeting other people who have the same disability as I do and learning how they deal with their disability. I currently attend a private university.
Brandon, '01 Scholar
On April 3, 2003 Brandon died from a respiratory infection. A high-energy kid, many of us will remember him racing around campus in his power wheelchair during Summer Study. Brandon's favorite school subject was mathematics. He looked forward to earning a college degree and becoming a software engineer.
Brad, '01 Scholar
Hello. My name is Brad. I just finished my third year at a state university. My major is Sociology, but I am not sure what I want to do with my life so that may change. I spend most of my time these days at my computer gaming with friends, chatting with friends, or just roaming the Internet. See y'all at Summer Study!
Elizabeth, '01 Scholar
My name is Elizabeth. I have Cerebral Palsy. I am currently a sophomore at a state university. I plan to major in family studies and minor in creative writing with hopes of becoming a social worker or counselor while pursuing a love for writing. I enjoy writing short stories and poetry, reading, listening to music, watching the Mariners, and hanging out with friends.
Jeff, '01 Scholar
My name is Jeff. I attend college. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). I also have an auditory processing disorder, which makes it hard for me to figure out the meaning behind things I hear. I like engineering, math, and technology. I like using math and computers to make art, and I like figuring out how stuff works. I want a career working with computers and electronics. DO-IT helps me a lot.
Caleb, '01 Scholar
I'm Caleb. I just finished my second year at community college. I was a Summer Study Intern in 2003. I use adaptive technology because I am visually impaired and physically disabled. A career working with these technologies would be an interesting to me. I enjoy reading email messages from DO-IT participants.
Raechell, '01 Scholar
I'm Raechell. I am a C7 quad, profoundly deaf, and respiratorally fragile. I speak English as well as American Sign Language. I love math and science; it's all logical and there's always an answer. I love art! I'd like to be either an elementary school teacher or a math teacher. I love kids. I used to help out in Sunday school. I'm online 40-45 hours a week if there's school, more than that if not. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.
Lauren, '01 Scholar
Hey there, my name is Lauren. I'm entering my second year at a state university. I don't know my major yet but would like to do something in the health care area. In my free time I love going shopping and going to movies with friends. I was an Intern for Summer Study '03.
Matt, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Matt. I am currently attending a state university and majoring in administration management. My hobbies include snow mobiling, running, working, and participating in the Future Farmers of America. I work for Bishop Sanitation applying class B sewage in wheat fields. I also work in a mobile kitchen feeding firefighters on the line. My disabilities are Dyslexia and short term memory defect.
Alex, '01 Scholar
My name is Alexandra. I'm going to be attending a state university this year. I love to snowboard. I am deaf and use interpreters in class. A computer allows me to talk to my friends over email. DO-IT has helped me prepare for college. I love to have fun, dance, and be with my friends.
Jacob, '01 Scholar
Hello, my name is Jacob. I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and bilateral clubfeet. I was in a band for two years. I am also a member of a church youth group and have been involved in several service projects. I would like a job in a science field. Computers and the Internet have opened opportunities to learn about new and exciting happenings around the world. They have also helped me learn of opportunities that I can take advantage of. For instance, I learned of DO-IT from the Internet. DO-IT is helping me decide what my career should be and giving me an idea of what college will be like. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.
Amy, '01 Scholar
Hi, my name is Amy. I have Cerebral Palsy and will be 21 years old on August 1st. I will complete my Associates Degree in Education next spring at a community college. I plan to transfer to either Central Washington University or Western Washington University to get my teaching degree in Special Education. My favorite things to do are volunteering and going to movies. I have been working/volunteering once a week at a Learning Center, which is a daycare/preschool for disabled and non-disabled children.
Mike, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Mike, and I will be in my 2nd year at a community college. My family name is Irish. I enjoy reading, golf, and playing games (even though I am trying to study as much as possible). I am also interested in computer programming, which I learned more about at college this summer. My favorite subjects are math and Japanese. My goal is to work in the computer gaming industry.
Sarah, '01 Scholar
My name is Sarah. I will be a sophomore this fall at a private university. I am interested in Spanish. My disease, Fibro Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), causes bone to form in my muscles. I can't walk because my hips and knees are locked. My arms are also locked, almost in front of my face. I use an electric wheelchair. I use an ipaq to write essays and for various other work. I also have a computer with a special mouse and mini wireless keyboard. I use the computer to print assignments from my ipaq. I get on the Internet for research and email. I also like to play games. After college, I would like to be a Spanish/English interpreter or translator. I was an Intern in Summer Study '03.
Brandi, '01 Scholar
Hi. My name is Brandi and I am nineteen. I recently moved from California. I am looking for a job, finding scholarships and financial aid so I can go to college soon. I would like to major in something that involves animals, computers, photography or digital photography art.
Trisha, '01 Scholar
My name is Trisha. My disability is a learning disability. I'm interested in science, engineering, math, history, and technology. I would like to become a history or science teacher. DO-IT helped me understand how I can use computers in college.
Steven, '01 Scholar
My name is Steven. I am attending a state university where I will be a sophomore. I compete on the wheelchair track and basketball teams. I will be traveling to Washington D.C. and Finland this summer for track. I hope to make it to the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing.
Matt, '01 Scholar
My name is Matt and I go to a private college. I have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and use a wheelchair. In my free time I like to play computer games, watch movies, surf the net, and make 3-D art on the computer. I am a huge Star Trek fan. I also collect die cast 1:18 scale cars with my uncle. I currently have 35 cars in my collection; my favorite car being a 1948 Woody Wagon. I would like a career in computer graphics.
Alicia, '01 Scholar
My name is Alicia. I enjoy long-distance running in track. In the summer, I am on the swim team. I have a learning disability in math. I like science and computers, but my favorite subject in school is English. I am considering a major in literature. I might want to become a counselor. Having a computer and Internet access is really great. DO-IT helped me transition to college. I learned what is expected and how to face the real world. I made friends and had a good time!