I’m finally done with this semester! It was definitely the hardest one yet but I’m really proud of myself for getting through it. This dress was my final for my draping class, it was inspired by my favorite horror character Michael Myers 🖤 •
Thanks @mykielove_ for taking the pictures!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! This goes out to all of the dads that actually raise their children and are a part of the kids life. Also to the fathers that want to be a part of their kids lives but are not allowed by the mothers. Some moms don't realize that they are hurting the kids by not allowing them to be with their dads. Things get out of control, but both parents have to realize that it's about the kids and should work on that. Anyways, HOPE ALL YOU FATHER'S OUT THERE HAVE A GREAT BLESSED DAY & HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH YOUR KIDS!! #fathersday#fatherhood#family#goodtimes#blessed#Ilovemyson#jokerslife#dads#myday#raisingmyson
I really thought this semester would never end. It’s been the hardest yet for a lot of different reasons. But today I turned in my last photo assignment, shook my professors hand and now I am ready for summer and sleeping and fresh days ahead! 🤙🏻 (This assignment is called “Home is...”, if you’re curious. It’s all about what home is for me and what it could mean for others.)
Photos by the one & only: @ztirfla
It’s been a long journey, from years of prerequisite courses to getting into the dental hygiene program. It’s almost been 2 years being at Pasadena and I have to say it has been an honor being able to achieve this milestone. Thank you for those who have always supported me along by my side, and believing in me at times where I couldn’t believe in myself. You have taught me to become stronger and to evolve into the person I am today, Thank you friends and family your gestures and thoughts come a long way ❤️🙏
Attending PCC was the best decision I made for my education. I’ve met the best professors, met amazing people, had the best field studies and so much more. Also, very thankful for having an amazing support system! They will always be my motivation. I’m ready for UCLA! 🐻💛💙
This is dedicated to all my friends and family that have supported me throughout my life, I couldn't have made it this far without them.❤ To my loving husband who has supported me in every possible way imaginable, I love you more than anything @hackthecosmos. You have made me and continue to make me a better person. To my parents who came to America, not knowing the language, the people or the culture, with nothing but the hope of making a better life for themselves and their future children. I will forever be grateful for their struggles, hard work and determination. Para mis padres, que han luchado tanto en la vida para lograr un mejor futuro para ellos y para sus hijos. Estoy muy agradecido con ustedes dos. “Cuándo me vean volar, recuerden: ustedes me pintaron las alas.” Gracias mamá y papá, te quiero mucho. To my little brother who encouraged me and supported me by proofreading my work and giving me valuable academic advice. To all my friends and family who believed in me and provided me with friendship, love and laughter which has kept me sane. To Artemis, who loves me wholly and unconditionally, who always brings a smile to my face when I come home, no matter how bad of a day I might have had. No one succeeds in life by themselves and I owe my successes to the supportive people in my life.💕
I first attended PCC straight out of high school, nine years ago and I really struggled. I didn't have a clear goal in mind, I wasn't properly motivated and I was unable to cope with my depression and anxiety issues. I would get so overwhelmed with anxiety that I'd have to run into a bathroom to have a nervous meltdown. I would miss classes because I didn't have the mental energy to participate in class. I had no faith in myself and I was too afraid to ask for help. In the end, I wound up just dropping out of college and feeling like a failure.
However, my time away turned out to be exactly what I needed. I met, fell in love with and married my best friend. He taught me how to deal with my mental illnesses and how to believe in myself. Whenever my depression broke me down, he was there to build me back up. Whenever I wanted to give up on life, he was there giving me a reason to continue fighting for it. Together, him and our dog Artemis, gave me the confidence to go back to school.
So, apprehensively I returned back to PCC in 2017 at the age of 25, anxious to prove to myself that I could do this. And I did. I worked my ass off, wrestled with my insecurities and mental illnesses and sought out help when I needed it. I didn't take any semesters off, and took a full load of classes every semester. But all my hard work paid off. I aced every class that I took and I was able to raise my GPA high enough that I was actually accepted to UCLA!
Sometimes I feel uncomfortable being the oldest person in a classroom. Or that it took me a lot longer than my peers to get to where I am. But we all take different paths in life and while it took me a longer time to get here, I'm exactly where I should be and I have absolutely no regrets. I have to remember to stop comparing myself or my journey to anyone else's and instead celebrate how beautiful and unique each individuals journey is. I have loved my time at PCC these past two years. I'm terrified and saddened to be leaving a school that I have grown comfortable with but it’s time for the next stop of this journey. UCLA, here I come.🎓👩🏽🎓🎉 #pcc#pccgrad#pccgrad2019#uclabound2019#uclabound💙💛
Our daughter didn’t want to walk in her graduation. She said it wasn’t a big deal. She asked my wife “why is mom making a big deal and so happy. I’m still going to school.”
I told her she has to! I didn’t want her to have any regrets later and to never ever minimize your success and efforts! You’ll have enough people in this world to do that for you.
We were so proud to see our baby girl graduate and receive her AA!
She worked hard and made sacrifices for her accomplishments. To see her smile and giggle while taking pictures made me so happy!
Thanks to my Lolo Diaz for giving our kids unconditional love and support for all their years. These accomplishments would not be possible without you! ❤️
I had so many compliments on her preschool graduation pictures yesterday! Lol
Those pictures are from 17 years ago!
Cute right?!🥰 #graduate#graduation#pcc#pasadenacitycollege#proudmonent#happytears#somuchjoy#proudfamily#family#love#bestdayever#celebration#sacrifice#dedication#accomplishments#keepitup#lovemydaughter#nolimits 📣❤️🎓👩🏻🎓
I’m really not supposed to be here. All I’ve got to say is how I wish all my friends that have passed away and the ones that are doing life sentences we’re here to see me get these 3 certificates. I hope I get to inspire people with the same background as mines that it’s possible to make it. The world is a lot bigger than just a couple of blocks. #wedidit
Your ongoing support fuels me.
Thank you dad, for taking me to school all these years, and for being the best dad you can be. I did this for me and you.
Thank you mom, for being on my side and helping me out in your own way.
Thank you Lizette, for being my support system and having my back always.
Thank you kevin, for pushing me to be my absolute best always, and for being so calm when I get restless and anxious. Whenever I’m irritated all I want to do is be near you even though I’m being stubborn. I love you always 💕
👩🏻🎓 I am glad to be closing this chapter at @pcclancer and transferring to @calstatela ❤️ although my journey has had ups and down, I wouldn’t change anything. I’m excited to see what is in store for me next semester. Thank you to all my friends, family, and support from anyone who believed in me. We did it! 🎓✨
After 3 long years at PCC, I am finally outta here. It’s a blessing in disgust. No more PCC. Proved everybody wrong who said I couldn’t do it. Boss moves only. I am blessed to finally be done here. Never thought we’d make it out the ghetto, now look where we are. Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be a mountain that you can’t climb. Turned nothing into something. A boy has been through it all. Bye bye Dena. Bye bye family! You won’t be missed. A break from family is always good sometimes. It’s nothing personal! My time has finally came. I worked so hard for this opportunity. You gotta work for what you really want in life. It’s not just gonna come to you. I deserve everything I worked for. God had been providing me with nothing but blessings lately. We out! The Marathon Continues. On to the next chapter. Next stop CSUN‼️🤪😤🏃🏾♂️🏁
This is not the end! It is not be the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning!” -Winston Churchill.
Congratulations to my lil sis’ @mirandapanda84 and @sabrinalicia at Pasadena City College! Despite all the struggles, the hardships, and challenges you face. Against all odds, you kept going heads up and toward marching towards “your goals and your future!” All the way in! All THE WAY FOWARD!” Also, I saw @heymyragirl from PCC BSA!!! AAAAAAAHHHHH! It was nice seeing you again!!! >///A///<
After 3 years at PCC I can finally say I have graduated!!! It was honestly such a great experience met a lot of wonderful people along the way and professors. I honestly would have not been able to do it if it wasn’t for my loving and caring family. my beautiful girlfriend, and my friends. They all believed in me and I know I made them all proud. Thank you everyone who helped me through it!! Much love to you all ❤️
Well that’s a wrap! ❤️This semester was sooo fun! I got to be in a show with my best friends and also meet some new amazing people and get close to them!😍😍 I cant wait to do more shows with all of you!! Thank you for the best semester ever!😭💖💖
Took me longer than it should have but I finally received my AA degree in humanities, social behavioral science & an AAT in psychology. I’ve learned sooo much along the way & wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve met some amazing friends & faculty here at PCC. I’m beyond blessed and ready for a new chapter ✨ #SFSUbound#trusttheprocess
It takes a lot to get somewhat on your own feet, but the one thing that never fails me is the love and support I’ve been blessed to receive from all my family! 💛💛 We taking baby steps, still learning how to walk this journey of life!! One degree down ✔️ 3 more to go!! Shout out to my roommates(@jmendez2611 & @brettmendez91) for letting me stay with you for a year and feeding me when times got tough!😂 Thanks to my mom for being the strongest women I know and my biggest supporter and advocate for anything/everything I do! And to my Nana and Tata for being my saving grace and backbone to everything I have done and accomplished this far!❤️❤️
It’s never to late 👩🏽🎓
A day that I never thought would happen. I dropped out of high school and would always tell me myself I’ll go back one day and six years later I finally had the courage to go back and get my my high school diploma. Thank you to my family and friends that pushed me and encourage me to go back, and now on to the next chapter in my life. 🎉🥳
My little/big brother graduated and I’m such a proud sister 😭❤️ I love you so much and you’ve accomplished so many things that just make me look up to you. You’re my rock and the partner who will always be my ride or die. I’m proud to have you in my life and I would never wish for a different brother because you’re the best one ever 😊. Congratulations bro, to many more degrees to come ❤️ @yes.im.a.heathen
So proud of you Mom! Despite all of life’s hurdles, distractions and challenges you managed to accomplish something amazing. Seeing you get that college degree on stage and doing that excited ‘shimmy’ you do down the isle put tears in my eyes. I can’t wait to see you continue your streak of accomplishments as you inspire me everyday to remain humble and focused on being the best person someone can be. Love you Mom ❤️