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University of Dallas Student Overcomes Obstacles to Teach Theology

A student at the University of Dallas (UD) in Irving, Tex., has overcome great obstacles to pursue her dream of teaching theology, according to the University’s website.

Camille Salazar sought the help of her high school Spanish teacher to contact people at UD about finding scholarships and financial aid for her to be able to attend the University.  Salazar is expected to graduate this spring with a double major in Spanish and theology—the first in her Philippine family to attend a University. The University reports: 

It hasn't been an easy four years for Salazar. In the beginning, she had to commute from her family's home in Mesquite. Because the Salazars only had one vehicle, this involved using public transportation,which, before UD got its own DART Orange Line stop in 2012, could take two hours or more. But she persevered, and she credits the people at UD for helping her find the courage and spirit to keep going.

"Someone invested in me; that's why I was able to come to UD," said Salazar. "Someone believed in my abilities to do well and to succeed here; that's why I was able to believe in myself the way people here do. No one achieves their goals on their own — the community at UD taught me that."

"Education goes beyond a degree — it forms your character, who you are as a person," said Salazar. "UD has done that for me. I can't even tell you how much I love this school."

The University of Dallas is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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