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Jessica Ulmer
‘20, Ph.D., Technical Communication and Rhetoric
I lost most of my hearing when I was finishing up my master's in English in 2013. When I was accepted into the Technical Communication and Rhetoric doctorate program, I started telling my friends about it. One of them suggested that I contact Student Disability Services to receive accommodations. This was the first time in my entire life that I had to self-advocate in this way. When I was young, I told myself and anyone who would listen that I was going to be a doctor someday. As a first-generation college graduate, I wanted to prove to myself and to everybody else that I could do it. My determination wavered a bit when I began teaching. I wasn't sure how to get a doctorate and teach full time. But in 2006, I began to realize that if I really wanted to help change anything in education, and later writing/English studies, I would need to get a doctorate. Thanks to Texas Tech, now I can!
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