Yazmin, Thanks for taking the time to share your sponsorship experience with our blog audience.
How and when did you first hear about the scholarship program?
Hola! I heard about the program in 2014, maybe through Facebook.
Why did you decide to become a sponsor?
I decided to become a sponsor as I love the idea of these young people wanting to do something else with their lives and not just stay here and be fishermen or kitchen workers as the family may have been doing for generations. The fact that they are motivated to go to college is already super pro-active so I thought I would keep supporting and motivating these kids to not stop until they reach their dreams! I like to let my students know that I'm available to talk or give some advice when needed always!
How many students have you sponsored? If only one, who is the student?
My first student was Arley who graduated from law school.
Have you met your student?
As a full time resident of Isla Mujeres I see Arley around from time to time and we catch up quickly. Last thing I heard she's finally working in the ministerio público here on Isla and that made me super happy as the time I saw her before she was working at the Senor Frogs store and I was like "wth r u doing here??" She said it was hard to get a job with no experience. We talked for a while and I encouraged her to study English and keep on trying and sending resumes and going to interviews or whatever it took to work in law! She worked hard enough to get that diploma not to just to leave it hanging in her house on the wall! I was really excited to know she's now working in her field!
My current students are the brothers Cleyder and Miguel who attend university in Mérida. I haven't met the brothers yet. I'm looking forward being able to talk to them and get to know them a bit more!
I love this program, I hope it keeps on growing and expanding and then maybe more students can join. Of course proving they have good grades and all. I think the socioeconomic status of the family shouldn't be that important as long as we can see the student has good grades and determination! There's many kids that do have the good grades but don't even know there's a whole world of possibilities for them to do. There's all this kids with really bad grades that wish they could afford to go to college. I just wish I could help all the ones who really want it!
In the left photo are Cleyder and Miguel with their mother. On the right that is Arley's mother, Arley and Yazmin.
8/9/2017 06:25:29 pm
Yazmín, As I discovered with one of my previous student graduates is that it takes time for the graduate to find their niche. David's degree is in criminology. He applied for a position or opportunity to test and qualify for a federal police investigator position. Meanwhile he worked security at a local hotel where he learned more English by speaking with the guests. His next position was at Senor Frogs. He was not management but basically performed in a management role. He learned a lot more English. David is currently working the reception desk at the Palace Hotel. He speaks near perfect Englsh. He tells me every time that I see him that although he chose to stay on a Isla with his family he is so grateful to have his degree because without it he would be working in a shop or restaraunt kitchen.
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