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Hello, my name is Becki.  A little over a year ago i enrolled in my local community college's ASL Interpreter degree program.  I was beyond excited and extremely looking forward to immersing myself into a beautiful language and culture.  Upon meeting my instructor about a month before classes were set to start, she very rudely informed me that i wouldn't be able to take her classes due to the fact that i am heavily tattooed, that i would never gain employment as an interpreter, and that i should consider a different educational path.  I literally walked away from that meeting in tears as i had worked so hard to get enrolled, get finacial aid set and plan my schedule around my busy career and home life managing my family.   My current employer was actually good friends with the president of the college and without my knowledge contacted him about my negative experience with the instructor.  I was quickly contacted by the college and told in no way, shape, or form would my tattoos prevent me from seeking an ASL degree with them and was begged to continue with my enrollment..... but by that point i already had such a poor taste in my mouth for the instructor so i decided to withdraw my enrollment and continued to pursue my self study of the language.   I still plan on enrolling in a college level ASL course and/or degree program in the future but until then i would love to meet some new friends here to practice and communicate with! 

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