English Teacher, South High Community School, Worcester, Mass.
Deb Dias ’14 began college as a vocal performance major at a school in Boston, but after a semester, decided it wasn’t for her. She came to Worcester State, changed her major to English and secondary education, and never looked back.
Today, she teaches high school English. “I would never be able to do this without Worcester State,” she says. Dias’ family emigrated from Brazil in 1999; she’s the first in her family to graduate from college.
“My life was changed at Worcester State,” she explains. “I was empowered through the support of professors who believed in me and through scholarships. I think all students should be able to have this experience.”