For Delia Medina, and like many El Paso Community College (EPCC) students, the path to completing a degree has been challenging.
Medina will graduate with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration this Spring 2020 semester, persevering because she understands that a quality education is necessary to achieving her dreams.
In February 2020, Medina’s goal of graduating became more difficult when she received a breast cancer diagnosis. Then, in March 2020, COVID-19 impacted class instruction as well as the entire community.
With treatment hurdles amidst the ongoing pandemic, Medina kept her focus on school and family. As she is receiving her diploma, she has been blessed with news that the cancer treatment is effective and is shrinking her tumor.
Medina has made education a priority for herself and her children. The oldest, Abraham Damar, is on the same journey as his mom. He will graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Her second son, Diego, is currently a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, and her third son, Carlo, is going to be a Freshman at Montwood High School next year.
Raising a family and going to school might be enough for some, but Delia still makes time for college activities and volunteering in her community. Since 2018, she has been an EPCC Ambassador. Ambassadors highlight the college to visitors during many campus events.
In the fall of 2019, Delia was elected an EPCC Student Government Association Representative for the Mission del Paso campus and has taken part in many activities bettering EPCC for other students.
She explains, “If I can help one person, it helps me,” Delia Medina said. “I do everything with love and for my faith.”
Not only is she volunteering her time on campus, but Medina also volunteers in her community. She is proud of her work at Rojas Elementary School reading to students during Dr. Seuss week and wowing them dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from the Cat in the Hat with her son Carlo.
As EPCC graduates almost 2,000 students this spring semester, Delia Medina is an example of the resilience of the student body and the sacrifices students make in order to accomplish their goals and complete their degrees.