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Region VIII

Cerritos College

My name is Hemat Aly. I am 48 years old. I am from Egypt. My native language is Arabic. My major is accounting. I have one lovely daughter, her name is Lena Rahma and she is 8 years old at third grade. We are living with my sister Hanaa and her family, Khafagi family, which without their support I would not have done anything.

Five years ago, I had diagnosed colon cancer. Another battle I had to fight through it, the custody for my only young daughter and the divorce. My abusive ex-husband had prohibited me to go to school; therefore I decided to go back to school which was my big dream to improve my English skills and build my career as an accountant. During Fall 2015, I enrolled at Cerritos College for ESL classes and accounting classes too. Currently I am working on accounting certificate, and I am at the last level in ESL classes. My accounting professors believe that one day I will reach my biggest dream to become a CPA. So far, my GPA is 4.0 and I have been honored to place my name in the president list three semesters (Spring 2017-Fall 2017-Spring 2018).

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