Student Success Profiles
English as a Second Language Advanced Level Graduate
At 33 years old, Elsa moved from Peru to the United States with her three children. As a single mother, she struggled to balance work, learning English, studying for nursing school, and caring for her children all at the same time. Nonetheless, Elsa persevered, completing nursing school and earning her Certified Nursing Assistant certification. She worked double shifts from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. and studied English whenever she had a free moment. She enhanced her English by watching cartoons and reading books to her children while also practicing her English speaking to her patients. In 2007, Elsa earned her high school diploma. Since then she has become fluent in spoken English and excels at writing. Above all of her accomplishments, Elsa learned that the love she has for her family is what motivated her to make the best of her hardships. In turn, her children work to make her proud, pursuing their education at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego. Elsa looks forward to continuing her education to study pharmacology.
English as a Second Language A native of Sudan, Samar Abbasher left her bachelor's degree and good-paying job behind when she and her husband decided to move to the United States. Not only did Abbasher and her husband find it difficult to adapt to a new country and culture, but they also encountered many financial difficulties in their new home. Abbasher began taking English as a Second Language (ESL) Program courses in November 2012 to help better her chances of successfully gaining employment. Abbasher is always the first student to arrive to campus and spends time before and after class studying in the Learning Center. In fact, Abbasher was at the top of her Academic Success Program class at the NOCE Cypress Center. Abbasher's ESL instructors admire her curiosity, dedication, self-motivation, and work ethic. With a background in police work, Abbasher approached Cypress College Campus Safety to volunteer. After noting how ambitious, resourceful, and great at problem solving she is, Campus Safety hired Abbasher as a student hourly. Abbasher will continue her education at Cypress College in hopes of further advancing her career.