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Mia, studied American Sign Language and Education at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

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During her time at UCCS, Mia committed to making sure she took full advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer. In addition to mastering all that it took to live on campus, Mia could be found taking Hip Hop classes at the Wellness Center or hanging out with friends and her boyfriend. Mia worked two jobs on campus; one as a barista and another working for the Human Services office. Mia’s commitment to a career in sign language and education led her to hold two different internships teaching young children to learn American Sign Language. While the pandemic took her out of the classroom, Mia continued to keep her skills sharp by teaching sign language to her family and friends. She is looking forward to getting back into the classroom when schools reopen. 

Mia's Favorite College Classes

  • American Sign Language classes
  • Public Speaking
  • College and Career
  • Diversity and Development

Mia's Work/Internship Experiences During College

  • Teaching mathematics to children at a local elementary school
  • Teaching ASL to fourth grade students
  • Field experience with the Family Development Center on the UCCS campus
  • Student assistant for the Human Resource Department
  • Coffee barista

Extracurricular Activities Mia Enjoyed in College

  • American Sign Language Club
  • Dance Club
  • Swim Club
  • Hip hop classes
  • On campus events: Bingo nights, Karaoke
  • Going on dates with her boyfriend

Mia's Advice for Future Students

Poster of Mia reading "I am a UCCS college student"

“Be true to yourself. I wasn’t, but now I am.”

“Do a lot of activities. Go and be involved. That’s how I got to know people.”

“I advocated with my mom and dad to let me come here in the first place.”


From Freshman Year to Senior Year

“My biggest change is actually me living independently in the apartments. My mom and dad don’t boss me around all the time.”

“My freshman year I didn’t really have confidence. I did have a public speaking class, but I did really bad at it. When I’m a senior this year, I’m doing really great at it. I do a lot more speaking and am more clear.”

“I have two jobs. I never had jobs my freshman year.”

Mia's Family Members Share Their Thoughts

More About Mia

Video of Mia giving a tour of UCCS

Denver Post article from Mia's freshman year of college

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