Silvia Campazzo calls herself an eternal student. She said the decision to come back to school was easy for her to make. However, she had to overcome a few obstacles to get there.
Before moving to the United States in 1990, Silvia lived and attended medical school in Argentina. When she moved, she had to set her education goals aside.
“I knew I was going to continue my education,” Silvia said, “but first I had to strengthen my English.
“I had to start from zero with ESL (English as a Second Language) programs until I was in a position where I could go to school,” she said.
While strengthening her English skills Silvia worked as a translator.
“When I was translating, they asked me to start teaching to children. I was feeling all of the rewards that came with teaching. I really loved it,” Silvia said.
It was at that point that Silvia decided she would switch from medicine to teaching. She went back to school and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in education leadership.
To be successful in her bachelors and master’s program, Silvia said she uses campus resources.
“I’ve been to the writing center to review some of my papers, and I use the library a lot,” she said.
“The ANSR (Adult Nontraditional Student Resource) Office has helped me find a lot of resources,” Silvia said. “They also have introduced me to people like me, and I’ve made many positive personal connections.”
Silvia said that going to school has positive impacts on her life and the lives of her family members.
“First, my English is better,” she said. “My kids also see my learning and studying as a process of growing. They see me going to classes and conferences, writing papers and staying up late to do homework. I am educating by example.”
“I believe that in order to become a better person—in order to build character and help my kids—I need to study.
“Having a master’s degree will allow me to teach what I want to teach. But I will always keep learning. I will never stop.”