Bela is a light-skinned Latina with short, black, curly hair with a large, colorful dragon tattoo on her right arm. She is out in nature with a forest behind her. She is wearing a black, traditional, Mexican, short-sleeved dress with bright, multicolored flowers. She has a large gold piercing in her nose, with gold hoops and carved antler studs in her ears. She’s wearing a gold necklace with the birthstones of her and her children by Etsy, and another with a crescent moon and “chingona” (Spanish for a “badass woman”) by Chingona. She is smiling proudly and holding her framed Master’s degree.
❤️🎓🎉 I’m a master… as in, an M.Ed in Learning and Technology, baby! I turn 45 tomorrow and I’m celebrating myself!
Did you know:
✴️I just graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in 2019
✴️I paid for this degree in cash
✴️I celebrated by paying off a high-interest loan
✴️ I’m the daughter of a migrant worker and a sharecropper who worked in the fields
✴️I’m a disabled, Latina, single mom
✴️I work full time and hustled on the side when I could to pay for school
The past few years have been a wild ride to say the least! I’ve volunteered as a crisis counselor for The Trevor Project. I was a Grow with Google and Udacity front-end web development scholar & Google Developers featured my story of perseverance on their blog!
I’ve since been diagnosed with 4 rare disabilities, including Spina Bifida, Tethered Cord Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Gastroparesis. I’m currently being trained by The Ehlers-Danlos Society as a Project ECHO advocate. I also volunteer for a prison outreach!
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Thanks to everyone who’s cheered me on and supported me big and small! Huge thanks to my WGU undergrad mentor, Maria Uttaro. Your support, friendship, and wisdom has meant the world to me.