Florida Technical College Student Overcomes Adversity to Fulfill Lifelong Dream – Miami’s Community Newspapers
Belén Infante, aged 25, moved from Pennsylvania to Central Florida three years ago to raise her two sons closer to extended family and further her education. Following her high school graduation, she wanted to pursue a college degree. Nonetheless, life got in the way time and again. One day, she told herself that this time it would be different, but the earth shook under her feet, almost tearing her down, along with her dreams.
Belén’s youngest son, Alexander, who was two at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia. Managing this serious illness required frequent and prolonged hospital stays, which meant that attending a traditional college was impossible for Belén. Nonetheless, she was not ready to give up. As her son slept in his hospital bed, she opened an old laptop and researched online college programs. When she read about Florida Technical College’s online Business Associate Degree, she knew this was the school for her.
“Obtaining a degree in 18 months, without having to leave my son’s side, was an incredible opportunity,” Belén stated. “I was determined to follow my dreams and stay positive. I knew that it would make me a better mom.”