- High School: East Syracuse Minoa, Class of 2012
- Major: American Sign Language
Amber Canorro found her passion and her purpose at OCC and she’s thrilled about it. “I can see a point of success. I feel fulfilled. I don’t feel lost or wandering anymore.”
Canorro came to OCC interested in a career in education. Her coursework was a struggle. “I didn’t excel in school. I wasn’t a great student in high school or when I started taking classes here.”
While taking a foreign language Canorro developed a love for American Sign Language (ASL). The College was going through the process of adding ASL as a major so Canorro decided to take some time off and get a job.
Two years later, in January 2016, Canorro returned to campus. “When I came back I cherished school. I saw the opportunities it could bring me.” She was a full-time student juggling two jobs and loving every minute of it. By the end of the semester Canorro had earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Today she’s on track to graduate in May 2017 with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “I know I want to be an interpreter of some kind. I’m still learning about the field. There are so many more options than I even understand at this point.”
Canorro’s happy place on campus is in her major where there is a strong bond between students and professors. “Being a part of the ASL Club has helped me tremendously. Everyone is so supportive. The professors and other students are always there to help with anything. It’s such a nice group to be a part of.”