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Titan Finds Passion for Teaching Those with Special Needs

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“My job as an instructional assistant allowed me to find my passion for teaching and inspired me to become a special education teacher.”

— Bashier Abdin, child and adolescent studies major

My name is Bashier Abdin, but you can call me Bash. My parents were both born in Syria and came to the United States to find new opportunities. I am a proud first generation Syrian-American, born and raised in California.

I managed to get into a job right out of high school as an instructional assistant with the Ocean View School District. I began training as an applied behavior analyst and as soon as I started working with children – I fell in love with it.

After receiving my associate’s degree from Irvine Valley College, I and transferred to California State University, Fullerton. My instructors have supported me and have shown how to teach in a way that each individual will understand.

During my time at CSUF I was able to live close to the campus and found I had many resources available at my finger-tips.

Peer-tutoring, the math and English centers, workshops, and seeking guidance from counselors! I’ve found counselors on campus can help with things like graduation checks, academic success and career searching.

The community of students at this university are bound by a common goal – we want to complete our degrees. I think I relate to the class of 2020 when I say I feel like this is the end of the road for us because we have been working towards this our whole lives.

But it is just the beginning.

We are Titans. I’ve come to find out that it takes a Titan to lead future educators.

Bashier Abdin is a child and adolescent studies major studying to become a special education teacher