Ligia Sierra

Since coming to Boston, MA in 1992 from the Dominican Republic, Ligia Sierra has gone through each day with the same mindset.

“I don’t ever stop. Never,” said Sierra.

This is in reference to the work she has done in the time since, whether it be parenting, studying at MUA, or working her job cleaning office buildings. She has a son and a grandson with her in Boston, MA, and tries to see them during the little free time she has.

Sierra’s day begins at 9 a.m. with her studies at MUA and ends with her job, which usually takes her into the late hours at night and sometimes early hours of the morning. But those late nights have not stopped her from taking courses at MUA, which she says has been one of her best experiences since coming to Boston.

“I was looking for a Spanish class and for a GED and they also offered an English class and I got in,” said Sierra. “These are good professors, good teachers, and a good school. The people and students are great and a lot like a family.”

Sierra’s ultimate goal is to get her GED certificate, a goal she says MUA has helped her with immensely by being very accommodating to her work schedule. Something she says the organization has also worked to do for others who work a different schedule than her.

“The classes were only in the morning, but now there are night classes too.” explained Sierra.

This she says was to help students who have either jobs or children to take care of during the day. It has helped expand the program for future students.

Sierra is currently taking both an English and Computer class, which she is hoping will help her in the future with work and day-to-day interactions.

“Being a student gets you a better job, and you will be better in conversations with others,” said Sierra. “I’m looking for a better job when I finish my class.”

She credits MUA with helping her gain these skills that she says will give her the ability to learn even more in the future and help her find a new job. She enjoys talking about the work MUA has done for her over the years, but she, unfortunately, has to end our conversation a little early.

She explains to me that her shift at her job begins shortly.

“Like I said, never stop,” she happily said.