WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) — Graduating from college is a triumph for anyone, but for a band taking the stage at Florida International University this weekend, their accomplishments have reached a different level.
Real Triumphs graduates are described on the CRF website as “a diverse group of men and women in backgrounds, nationalities, interests and ambitions – shining examples of what makes CRF students so special”.
Many of these students had to overcome difficult obstacles to reach this moment. Now they hope to change the world.
Among the Real Triumphs graduates who collected their diplomas at this weekend’s spring launch ceremonies, held at FIU Stadium, was Asadullah Khalid. He has a job planned after getting his doctorate. in electrical and computer engineering.
Khalid said he already has a patent for his algorithm predicting battery performance.
“The company I’m going to, this company is focused on the development of electric vehicles and large-scale hydrogen-powered motor vehicles,” he said. “I will be working there as a Battery Management System Control Software Engineer.”
Tiffany Calestina’s health issues sent her to the hospital for months, but she still earned a master’s degree in hospitality management with a grade point average of 4.0.
“Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, having a brain tumor that needed a craniotomy and couldn’t be removed, so I still have the brain tumor, which is causing seizures, and it’s preventing me from walking,” said she declared.
Part of Chantrell Frazier’s work is to study how human scent relates to mosquito attraction. She is the first black woman to receive a doctorate. in Biochemistry from the FIU.
“It’s special, but like I tell people, it’s a need for change,” she said. “It’s a need for more people of color, women of color in particular, to step into these spaces and understand that we can be here too.”
Maria Segura is getting her master’s degree in interior design, but she said it was her time at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where she underwent surgery for a congenital heart condition six years ago, that fueled a passionate project: a toy that explains the procedure to children.
“We use 3D printers to help people with certain disabilities,” she said. “[This is] a great opportunity to give back to the hospital.
The last of this spring’s Real Triumphs graduates, Amelia Rudales, hopes to become a human rights lawyer focusing on women in human trafficking and domestic violence.
“As a survivor of sexual assault, this definitely kickstarted my initiatives that I took during my undergraduate studies. [years]whether it’s raising funds for non-profit organizations focused on human trafficking or conducting research,” she said, “and I hope to continue to do the same with my graduate studies.
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