Soraya attended Miami-Dade Community College. She comes from a family of six children, four of whom are deaf or hard of hearing. Her hearing loss was diagnosed while she was in third grade. Soraya grew up in Gainesville, Florida and went to the Florida School for the Deaf. She was a member of her school's traveling/ performing dance troupe, third place winner of the school's annual writing exposition as well as first place winner of the Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing held by the Optimist Club.