Tricia Myrtle Garcia – Programmer

Hi – I’m Tricia

Every one of us has an extraordinary life story. It may be sad or happy. It may be boring or exciting. It may be smooth sailing or full of challenges. It may be lucky or unlucky. It may be the life that everyone wants or hates. My life story can’t be summed up into two to three sentences. It can’t be packaged into something neat and simple that people would immediately understand. My story in some ways is not the life that you’ll want because it has something that affected me and my parents ever since. But one thing I learned is, everything happens for a reason. God has bigger plans for all of us. He won’t leave us in the dark for a long time. He will always show us the light and teach us that life may be full of downs but at some point we have to keep moving forward.

Hello, my name is Tricia Myrtle Garcia. You can call me “Myrts” and I’m twenty-four years old. And this is my story…

In September 1st 1994, my mother gave birth to me. I was born as a very little baby that could fit into a grown adult shoe. Luckily, I grew up to be healthy and an active girl. I had an amazing childhood thanks to my parents. Back then technology was not a trend and was still developing. I spent my childhood playing outside our house, running and playing with my childhood friends until my clothes were drenched in sweat. When I was 4 years old, my mother gave birth to my sister and from that day I became the eldest.

At age nine, I experienced a ‘dark’ challenge that changed my life and my family’s life. I was diagnosed with a hearing impairment due to viral infections. My left ear became permanently deaf. I began wearing a hearing device for my right ear to be able to hear. Having this kind of disability has affected my life greatly…

It became hard to communicate with other people verbally. The simple act of crossing the road became a nerve wracking and dangerous experience because I have difficulties hearing cars motors and their horns. It was hard when my teacher dictated information and we students needed to take notes. Of course I had no idea of what to write because I couldn’t even hear what my teacher was saying.

And the hardest part of all was I became a victim to bullying. My parents visited my school countless times to make complaints about other children’s bullying behaviours. I often saw my mother crying for me and that broke my heart. 🙁 At that time I would describe my life as ‘dark’.

But when you are in the dark, God won’t let you stay there for too long before you will see the light again. I have found the light when I was in my second year of high school. That was the time when the bullying stopped. That was also the time I discovered my passion for programming… and when I realised that my dream was to become a programmer. This dream gave me hope that even though I am a person with a disability, it’s not a hindrance for me to make the impossible possible!

When I graduated from high school, I studied Bachelor of Science in Information Technology – a four year degree course. After graduating from college I became employed as Junior Programmer and after two years I was promoted to Programmer. It’s a dream come true for me! Since then, web development, system development and graphic designing have become my areas of expertise. Among these three areas, I like web development the most. I think it’s because web development challenges me to be creative and productive, and to be a critical thinker.

Many people doubted that I could reach any type of goal or accomplish achievements due to my condition. But I’m proud to say that I have proven them wrong…

I finished my education from Elementary to College. I immediately found work. I have skills for programming that some people don’t have. I have a professional career. I have a dream and goals. My dreams and goals are to continue strive for growth, to be an independent individual, and to be even more successful in my chosen career. I also want to inspire people and show them that even though you’re different – even though you have a disability, even though people look down on you, and even though no one believes you can – the impossible can be possible if you have confidence and faith in yourself. Always trust that God has a big plan for you and everything happens for a reason. Don’t lose hope and keep on achieving your goals and believe in yourself.

So this is my story, thank you for reading. 🙂

Once again, I’m Tricia Myrtle “Myrts” Garcia, web developer at your service!

For a copy of Myrt’s resume please click here.