'08 Ambassadors

2008 DO-IT Scholars

DO-IT Ambassadors are pursuing postsecondary studies and careers. They share their experiences with DO-IT Scholars and Pals, encouraging them to pursue their goals in college and employment.

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Yomara, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Yomara. Doing well in school has always been my number-one priority, and it has paid off. I attend the University of Washington, Bothell. I have spinal muscular atrophy type 2, which is why I use a power chair to get around. I have a passion for chocolate and the color pink.

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Mack, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Mack. I am studying personal training at Highline Community College. I work at my local YMCA. Basketball, football, track, and baseball are my favorite sports. I have cerebral palsy.

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Erica, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Erica. I have Erb's palsy on my right arm. I am a senior at the University of Washington, double-majoring in biology and public health. I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine, hopefully as a family doctor, to improve healthcare accessibility for families in farming communities like my own. This summer I worked as a research assistant at Seattle BioMed.

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Russell, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Russell. I attend Seattle University. I plan to be involved with law enforcement or be a lawyer. I have Asperger's syndrome. I enjoy playing video games, racing dirt bikes, and driving my car. I was a DO-IT Intern at Summer Study 2012.

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Sam, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Sam. I study architectural design and drafting at a community college. I enjoy long-distance running, playing the trumpet, building with Legos, and playing video and computer games such as Harvest Moon, Civilization 4: Colonization, Sims 3, and Minecraft. Even though I have dyslexia, which means I have trouble reading and writing, I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter and Sword of Truth books.

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Collin, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Collin. I received my two-year degree from Shoreline Community College, where I played soccer. I attend The Evergreen State College. I would like to go into politics after college. I have dyslexia.

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Emily, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Emily. After three years at Bellevue College, I earned my associate's degree and decided to change majors. I'm currently studying to become a graphic designer at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In my spare time I volunteer for the National Ski Patrol.

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Derek, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Derek, and I am a college student. I have a non-verbal learning disability and dysgraphia. I am interested in political science. I went to Olympia and lobbied a bill for financial education in math classes, and I hope to continue to be involved in politics. During the summer, I am a youth camp counselor, which will help me prepare for a career as a band teacher. I enjoy refereeing soccer games, playing video games, having a good time with friends, and playing a variety of musical instruments. I also enjoy manga and anime.

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Nejowa, '08 Scholar

Hey! My name is Nejowa. I have used a wheelchair for the past eight years. I was recruited to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. My dream is to be a youth counselor. I am a Sounders fan and enjoy music, and, as everyone knows, I am obsessed with Lady Gaga.

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Marco, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Marco. I attend Highline Community College where I am pursuing an associate of science degree. In August 2012, I earned an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in chemistry. My goal is to study biochemistry at the University of Washington and eventually work at a local biotech company or chemical engineering laboratory.

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Chris, '08 Scholar

Hi! My name is Chris, and I will be a senior at Pacific Lutheran University, where I am majoring in history with a minor in Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, basketball, and cycling. I enjoy many types of music, but my favorite type is country, and my favorite artist is Lady Antebellum.

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Carolyn, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Carolyn. I attend Spokane Falls Community College.

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Christine, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Christine. I attend Spokane Falls Community College. I have cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

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Nate, '08 Scholar

Hi, I am Nate. I have a learning disability that affects my reading and writing. I use technology as an accommodation whenever I can. I attend California State University, Chico, where I am majoring in business information systems with an emphasis in management. I plan to incorporate my love of language and continue studying Spanish and Mandarin.

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Aaron, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Aaron. I have dyslexia, which affects my word retrieval skills, and I have an auditory processing delay. I am interested in computer programming, math, science, and choral singing.

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Wesley, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Wesley. I attend Everett Community College and plan to study psychology. I use a wheelchair to get around because I have quadriplegia. I hope to be a psychologist working with children or families. One of my favorite things to do each day is watch Dr. Phil.

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Erik, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Erik. I attend Western Washington University where I am pursuing a degree in history and business. I would like to be an accountant. I am a New England Patriots fan, and I love watching sports. I also enjoy watching the History Channel and playing strategy games. I have Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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Brianna, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Brianna. I attend Cascadia Community College. I hope to go to a four-year university after I finish. I would like to have a career working with children and adults with special needs. I can walk, but I sometimes use a wheelchair because I have cerebral palsy. I also have some visual and hearing impairments. I use Pidgin Signed English to communicate in large crowds or in a classroom. I love bowling, riding horseback, reading, and knitting. I am in the process of getting a service dog.

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Shelby, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Shelby. I am a sophomore at Western Oregon University, working to earn a bachelor's degree and become an American Sign Language interpreter. I currently work at Ross Dress for Less. I am considering pursuing a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and eventually working with individuals who are deaf.

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Jeremy, '08 Scholar

Hi, my name is Jeremy. I am currently exploring my academic and career options. I am interested in pursing a career that involves working in early childhood education or development.