2007 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit:
“Portraits of Alumni Achievement”
Ana N. Ochoa ‘86
“Life is what happens while we’re waiting for life to happen.”
Ana N. Ochoa ‘86, BA
Real Estate Broker/President/Owner
Ana Ochoa & Company
As much as one hopes to have a modicum of control over our lives, events can take place that change one’s life forever. Ochoa has had her share of tearful farewells. In 1960, Ana and her three siblings, including a twin sister, were sent to live with relatives in the U.S. after Fidel Castro assumed control of Cuba. Her parents were to follow as soon as they could close her father’s law practice and put things in order. But Ochoa was yet to live the hardest farewell, her eldest daughter’s death after years of struggling with cancer.
Ochoa learned from her parents the quality of silent strength. She learned to keep on going, never complaining, and moving forward with integrity and a willingness to work. Whether in her duties as a mother and wife, a political activist, and Board of Trustee Member for Laredo Community College, she was dedicated. Due to life changes, it took her 12 years to complete her degree. The independence her education gave her, coupled with hard work, brought this single mother to the successful place she is today.
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