Amerika Rojos: “I grew up speaking Spanish: it wasn’t until I entered preschool that I was taught English. My parents taught me Spanish because they didn’t speak English well and because they wanted me to be able to communicate with the rest of my family, especially my grandparents. Growing up, we were only allowed to speak Spanish at home, with the exception of when our friends came over. Being bilingual was tough at first, I used to really struggle with reading. At home, I was being taught how to read in Spanish, while at school I was being taught in English, frequently mixing the two. Now that I am older, I really appreciate my parents for forcing Spanish upon my siblings and I because it has been helpful and I think its a cool quality to have”
Austin Maloney: “The reason I chose LB is because right out of high school I didn’t have the best grades due to me taking honors classes my senior year, which wasn’t the best choice, but at the same time it worked out well. I didn’t have the GPA to go straight to OSU so I chose LBCC, and I ended up liking it a lot because I felt like I got more attention overall and in the subjects I struggled in, like math. Professor Mary Campbell helped me throughout my math classes and helped me get those core classes done. I had a counselor named Mark Weiss who helped me get into OSU and explained what classes I could segway into OSU. He also helped me get my associates in business here as well. I appreciated the attention I got and was able to get a great education for a much lower price that is just as effective”.
Casey Hadley: “My dream job is to be a veterinarian someday, but I just found out the US doesn’t give felons their certificate, so I have a fallback dream job, which is to open my own crossfit gym. I’ve always wanted to own my own business. It takes seven years to get something expunged from your record. That means I have hope. I can always go back to school if I want to. But that’s why you always have a fallback. I think most people in my situation would say being a felon [is the biggest struggle in their life], because when people hear that you’re a felon, they don’t look at you for the person you currently are. They look at you for what you did in your past and most people think you can never change. But it’s not our past that defines us, it’s how we utilize our past and our mistakes that makes us who we are.”