Katherinee Soto

In December 2014, Katherinee Soto, born and raised in the Dominican Republic, relocated to join most of her family in Boston, MA. Much of her family had moved in the past couple years and Soto decided it was time for her and her two children to do the same. It...

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Mitchelle Mathias

Mitchelle Mathias always loved reading, and it is this hobby that played a great part in her journey from Haiti to Boston, MA. “I love reading the medical books and the bible and really anything with medicine,” said Mathias. “I studied medicine in Cuba, but here, to practice to become...

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Sandra Tavares

Years ago, Sandra Tavares had an experience in Boston, MA, her new home at the time, which she will never forget. “I remember I went to the hospital and I couldn’t speak any English with the doctor,” said Tavares. “I said no, no, no, this is not going to work....

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Maria Bello

Maria Bello still thinks about a spelling error that wound up costing her the opportunity to go to a university in the Dominican Republic, the country where she was born and raised. “I graduated with honors,” said Bello. “I even have a plaque the school gave me because my grades...

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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,...

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Miriam

“I visited Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community College this year and hope to enroll one or two semesters from now. My dream is to work as a medical assistant in a health clinic and also to do interpreting for Spanish speakers. Knowing English and obtaining my Hi-SET will make this...

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Maria

“I do not know where to begin to thank MUA for all they have helped me. They help me with transportation and the counselor helped me find an apartment. I connected to resources in the Boston Public School to get support for my daughter’s learning disability. I want to continue...

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Esmerelda

“I came to this country with my family. We lived in New York. I got married before I got my high school diploma. My husband and I moved to Boston where I tried to enroll in a school to finish high school. I could not find the right program so...

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Arlinedelix

“My name is Arlinedelix. I was born in Puerto Rico. I cam with my family to live in Boston when I was eleven years old. I studied at Boston High School until eleventh grade, until I dropped out because I wanted to get a job. I tried to enroll in...

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Mariana

“I dropped out of high school at the age of 14 as I was pregnant with a little boy. At 16, I first learned about MUA through my friend, who was preparing for her High School Equivalency through MUA’s program. I enrolled in the classes as my mother could watch my baby. I was able to change my schedule...

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