Q: How was your experience this senior year?
A: I took four classes at AIM High School, and I also took four-year course work to become a dental assistant at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center in Everett. I had to study hard, and I finished Sno-Isle two weeks ahead of schedule and one week (ahead) from AIM.
Q: How are you feeling now that you graduated?
A: I am very happy with my accomplishments. I had to fight hard in my life to prove that I can get ahead. I needed help to study, so I put everything I had into learning English and Spanish.
Q: Why study more Spanish?
A: My parents told me to not only learn English, because if I have to go back to Mexico, no one is going to be translating for me, so I needed to learn both languages.
Q: What are your plans now that you have graduated?
A: I am looking into applying to Lake Washington Technical College. I want to become a dental hygienist and have my own office. One of the things I would like to do is help people, especially helping Hispanics by becoming a translator.
I even have taken my family and friends to dentist consults. I have a family, so I need a place where I can be flexible because I want to be with them. I currently volunteer as a dental assistant to get more experience at Clearview Family Dentistry in Snohomish.
Q: Was there any chance of you dropping out?
A: There was because of money. I don't live with my parents. It was difficult to study and not work, but my husband, Miguel, told me not to stop. He knows I like studying, and that he was going to work for the both of us and not take me out of school.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I like to get together with my family. We either stay at home or go out. I also like running or to go walking.
Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; email@example.com.
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