Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Annalisa Lara

An Outstanding Islander

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A Sign of Love

After Annalisa Lara took American Sign Language at Refugio High School, and visited schools for the deaf, she knew she had found her calling. Now, she is pursuing her dream to teach children who cannot hear.

“I fell in love working with these students,” said Lara, a first-year special education major. “They are so bright. I’ve seen many of the students overcome obstacles and reach their goals. I know I made the right decision choosing this field. There are many people who don’t how to communicate with these children.”

In fall 2011, Lara worked with children with autism through her University practicum class. In a few months, Lara noticed significant improvement in their learning and social skills.

In addition, Lara has donated a significant amount of time to community service projects, earning her the 75.5 Service Hour Award for 2010-2011 at the annual National Convention for Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority.

“I’ve grown up around community service,” said Lara, whose mother was a teacher and volunteer in her community. “It has become a big part of my life. To me, it’s so rewarding to know that you’ve helped somebody.”

The projects Lara has headed as president of the Omega Phi Alpha-PSI Chapter include Special Olympics events, reading to students at the Boys and Girls Club, cooking for residents at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, and painting buildings for the Cattery cat shelter. During the holidays, Lara mailed Christmas cards to soldiers and assembled goody bags to send to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.    

On campus, Lara, a student worker in the Dean’s Office for the College of Science and Engineering, has been active in “Think Pink Week,” raising awareness for the homeless (Love in a Box), and volunteering for the “Battered Faces” project.

 

 
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