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avid Germinari immigrated
to Lowell from Brazil with
his family when he was just
9 years old. With a lot of hard work
and the support of his family, he has
become a strong leader at Middlesex
and in the community he now calls
"Starting something new looks easy
in the movies, but actually doing
it is hard," said Germinari. "I was
fortunate enough to come here with
my whole family both of my parents
and my two older sisters.
"I didn't realize it at the time because
I was so young, but when I think
about it now, I think coming here was
harder for my parents than it was for
me. Moving your family to a different
country is brave and I'm thankful every
day they made that choice. My life
would have turned out very differently
if I had stayed in Brazil."
When Germinari started the second
grade in Lowell, he only knew two
words in English "mother" and
"father." But it didn't take him long to
learn English and start understanding
American culture. He attended Greater
Lowell Technical High School and had
what he thinks is a typical experience.
He played sports, had a lot of friends
and studied electronics.
"I had a fine experience in high
school, but I definitely didn't see
myself as a college student," he said.
"Higher education didn't seem like an
option for me, but I knew I wanted a
lot more from life."
Opportunity came for Germinari when
the Obama administration passed the
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) immigration policy. This 2012
policy allows certain undocumented
immigrants, who immigrated to the
U.S. as minors and who meet specific
criteria, to receive a renewable two-
year period of deferred action from
deportation and eligibility for a work
permit. And, since DACA removes
many barriers to higher education
for undocumented immigrants, like
providing in-state tuition in many
cases, this meant Germinari could go
to college.
"I was able to go to college because
of DACA," said Germinari, smiling and
showing his DACA card. He enrolled at
Middlesex in 2013.
"I originally thought I wanted to
pursue engineering because I had
focused on electronics in high school,"
he said. "But my first year was a little
rocky. I took a lot of classes that didn't
count for credit and was just trying
to catch up. It was hard to start, but I
followed through with it."
During that first semester, Germinari
joined the Helping Hands Club, a
new student-run community service
club. Through that club he met a lot
of students who were involved in
other areas of the campus other
clubs, Student Union Government
Association (SUGA), the "Leadership
in Action" course and it inspired him
"Getting involved has opened
my mind to so many things. I've
been fortunate to meet so many
inspirational people in the
community and at the college."
David Germinari
Business Administration student
David Germinari
Finding His Way
at MCC
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