She grew up in a Philippines squatter’s village. She dropped out of school when she was 11 so she could find a job and help take care of her seven brothers and sisters. And when she came to the United States some five years ago, she barely spoke any English.
But that didn’t stop Jacquiline Doeing from enrolling in MiraCosta College’s Adult High School. She will earn her diploma in May.
She isn’t stopping there. The 24-year-old Oceanside resident has plans to enroll at MiraCosta College and earn a nursing degree.
Talk about a turnaround.
“When I came over here I had a lot of anxiety,” Doeing said. “I thought, `what am I going to do with my life?’ I didn’t have an education. I’m in a new country. I didn’t speak the language very well. But MiraCosta was very helpful. They helped me very much.”
MiraCosta College administrators say Doeing is a role model.
“She is so lovely and hardworking. Just an inspiration,” said Julie Cord, a social science instructor and chair of the Adult High School Diploma Program.
Doeing is from Manila. She dropped out of school so she could work as a nanny, and then later took a job at a market owned by an aunt. She ultimately became manager. She came to the United States in 2008 and settled in Oceanside with her husband.
She soon learned about MiraCosta College’s Community Learning Center on Mission Avenue east of downtown and began enrolling in various classes.
“I only reached the fifth grade,” Doeing said. “I tried to go back to school when I was 18 years old in the Philippines, but I couldn’t. When I came over here, it was my chance.”
Doeing said she felt like the proverbial fish out of water when she first began taking classes at the Community Learning Center.
“I had no idea how to do multiplication when I came here,” she said. “Chemistry was very difficult. I didn’t know basic math. I had a hard time in there.”
Doeing still sees much of her family; three siblings live with her in Oceanside. She has helped take care of a diabetic brother since he arrived here. Her experience helped motivate her to become a nurse.
For now, though, Doeing says she’s going to relax. “I need to take a vacation,” she said.