Juliana Trevino Ramirez is a second-year student flourishing in Western Maricopa Education Center’s (West-MEC) Nursing Services Program. When she graduates from Bourgade Catholic High School and completes her program at West-MEC this spring, she will head off to Arizona State University on a full-ride scholarship, where she wants to pursue nursing or business.
When Trevino Ramirez first applied to West-MEC she was interested in the medical assisting program. Unfortunately, she was not accepted. Although Trevino Ramirez was crushed, she never gave up. A lesson she’s learned time and time again in her life.
Her mom, who had always wanted to be a nurse, pushed her to apply to the nursing program. Even though nursing wasn’t her first choice, she applied, figuring that if she did get in, she could say at least tried something new.
"When my counselor told me I got a full ride to ASU, I asked him if he was sure so many times I think he started to get annoyed with me. I just couldn't believe it," Trevino Ramirez shared in a statement. "I told my parents and we all started crying, even my dad, who's not an emotional person. It was a really emotional moment."
Trevino Ramirez's story is even more incredible because she has mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears and is hard of hearing. She lives with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, which she's dealt with since birth. Trevino Ramirez has used hearing aids since she was six months old.
In her classes, she used an FM system, where her teachers would wear a microphone that would send the teacher's voice directly to her hearing aids. This worked well for Trevino Ramirez until fifth grade, when she began to get picked on for her hard of hearing.
"I was considered weird, and I became shy and distant from other students which is sad because I was a social butterfly before that,” she said. “From then on I didn't use my hearing aids or microphone at all for a few years."
West-MEC’s Glendale Corporate Center is located at 5487 N. 99th Ave. West-MEC also has a Central Campus at 6997 N. Glen Harbor Blvd., in Glendale.
Trevino Ramirez thought she would never have a career or go to college. Her parents immigrated from Mexico and did not have the opportunity to attend college. She notes this as one of the reasons she works hard as she wants to get a college education and a great job in hopes of giving back to her parents one day for everything they’ve done.
"To anyone in a similar situation, I would just say to keep trying, never give up and prove those people wrong," Trevino Ramirez added. "You won't only prove those people wrong, but you’ll prove yourself wrong, as well, like I did. I never thought I'd be one of those smart students, but I'm super proud of where I am now."