Student Profile: Florentina Dedu

01/8/2021 Bookmark and Share

Florentina Dedu immigrated to the United States from Romania after she married her husband, an American from California. While she was busy with studying for her drivers license, filling out immigration papers, and trying to acclimate to her new life, her husband had a little surprise for her. 
“He signed me up for MiraCosta’s Adult High School program!” she says. “He kept encouraging me to finish my high school degree, but I didn’t want to. I was frustrated with him, and I was scared that I couldn’t do it—that I wouldn’t be able to handle the language differences or that I might quit.”  
Growing up in Romania, Dedu had been encouraged to do well in school but ultimately did not complete her studies, and going back to school was not top of mind. But all of that changed, thanks to her husband pushing her out of her comfort zone. 
“I went to the orientation and I liked what they had to say, so I started taking classes,” she says. Naturally ambitious, Dedu chose harder classes rather than easier ones and surprised herself with her success. She was one of the top students in her math classes and she consistently did well in her English classes.  
Erica Duran, Dedu’s English teacher, describes her as a phenomenal student. “Florentina chose tough classes and she met that challenge consistently. Even if she felt discouraged, she never gave up. She went above and beyond and she was always supportive of her classmates.” 
Duran says Dedu was receptive to feedback and encouragement, and Dedu agrees. “I love school,” she says, “but I couldn’t do it without all the support I get from my husband, and from my teachers and counselors. Any time I need help, my teachers make time for me. Their dedication motivates me to push myself, to do my best.” 
Dedu is glad now that her husband pushed her toward school. She’s looking forward to graduating and going to college. “I’m interested in studying languages and just learning as much as I can.” 
Adult High School (AHS) is designed for students 18 years of age or older who wish to complete their high school diploma or prepare to take the GED or HiSET exam. Some classes are also appropriate for individuals who wish to increase skills in preparation for college coursework, employment or advancement in the workplace, or personal growth. Those under 18, who can benefit from instruction, are also allowed to enroll.

MiraCosta College’s spring 2021 classes begin January 23, with a robust selection of FREE online continuing education courses. All classes provide students with the textbooks and materials needed for the course at no cost to the students. Additionally, ample resources are available to support students through their academic journey to career success. 

With flexible course offerings, students can benefit from classes that work with their schedule and finish faster with eight-week sections. 

Register online at For more information, visit, email or call 760.795.8736.

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