to Lowell from Brazil with
his family when he was just
and the support of his family, he has
become a strong leader at Middlesex
and in the community he now calls
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 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."
grade in Lowell, he only knew two
"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.
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."
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
providing in-state tuition in many
cases, this meant Germinari could go
of DACA," said Germinari, smiling and
showing his DACA card. He enrolled at
Middlesex in 2013.
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."
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