Adriana Fajardo-Garcia Success Story
Adriana Fajardo-Garcia is one determined woman. When she encounters an obstacle she will use every ounce of her being to remove it. If you try to stop her from accomplishing her goals, you will need more than a roadblock to keep her from reaching her destiny. Adriana knows how to go over, under around and through in order to climb the steps to success.
Adriana came to the United States from Mexico. She did not know anyone except her husband. She was 17 years old and she did not know the language. She wanted to take English as a Second Language classes, but was told that she did not need to. Realizing she would forever be dependent on others to interpret for her, she began secretly taking ESL classes at Walla Walla Community College twice a week for two hours a day. Her teachers were amazed at her ability to catch on so quickly. She practiced the language as often as possible, usually in private because she didn’t want to offend those who told her not to learn.
Her teachers encouraged her to study for the GED. They pushed her to take the GED exam even though she felt she was not nearly conversant enough to understand and pass the series of tests. But something in her desire for education and her hope that she would make a better life for her children, pushed her forward. She took the first test and passed. She took the next one and passed. She passed all five required tests and soon had a GED. Unfortunately she could not tell anyone or invite them to her graduation, because she had no family in the States and no one to share this accomplishment with. The instructors and classmates however, were ecstatic and openly demonstrated how proud and happy they were for her.
She spent a lot of time listening to Spanish radio stations and learned of a contest for a singer. She auditioned and won! The prize was an invitation to sing in Pasco, Washington. She loved singing and the audience loved her. She was booked to sing at several upcoming events and she loved what she was doing. Sadly she was forced to give up this career because she needed to maintain peace at home and ensure the well-being of her children.
Through the midst of coping, she had a family to raise. She loved singing, experimenting with make-up and hairstyling. She was in a difficult relationship. After 12 years of hoping for change, she sought refuge at the YWCA and they helped her study to become an Executive Secretary. But the pull of beauty, fashion and make-up was always there. Her part-time job at a pawn shop helped, but she wanted to do more, provide more and live a more fulfilling life; especially for the sake of her children.
DSHS encouraged her to go back to school. This time she chose the career she always wanted, Cosmetology and she began singing in Church.
“I was happy,” she said. “So happy! I passed the admissions test. I worked hard. My teachers encouraged me. My children were proud of me. I loved doing my homework. I love everything about the field of cosmetology. I am still happy!”
Adriana proved to be a stellar student. She designed a paper skirt for a class photo shoot that was amazing, she participated in events and she absorbed all of the lessons offered to her, both through class and in life. People started asking for help with their weddings and Quinceañeras. She plans to do this full-time once she builds up her clientele. Her future will always entail what she loves, beauty, fashion, singing and helping others, especially her four children who are the catalyst to her growth and success.