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Suesann Abdelrasul

AAOT class of ‘12

She put her family first and then it was her turn. With the support of TRiO, Suesann found it was possible to dream bigger.

Suesann Abderasul

Before she started school, Suesann felt very limited on what options she would have for employment and how she could provide for her family.

As a high school dropout and young mother of eight children, she felt she was destined for the life she was living. It wasn’t until her children got older that she believed that education was a path that was possible for her.

 “I began to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Susanne says. “Chemeketa opened up doors for me.”

With support from her family, neighbors and Chemeketa’s TRiO program Suesann began her journey in higher education.

Wanting to transfer to Oregon State University, Suesann was discouraged to learn that the college required transfer students pass calculus.

“How was a 50 year old woman who hasn’t ever attended a math class pass calculus?” she wondered.

Thankfully, the math tutors in TRiO spent countless hours helping her through her math classes.

“I was inspired to pursue my goals in difficult times mainly because I found that it was possible,” Suesann remembers. Through her time here, she learned that there were other people here experiencing the same struggles and doubts she had. “I now know this is possible for anyone.”

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