I am in my last year of high school, studying to get a degree in accounting.
How did you decide you wanted to study accounting?
At first I just sort of randomly chose it. Then I realized that I really like numbers.
Is there anything that has made completing high school a challenge for you?
The programming class was really hard for me. I used to not be very good at computers—I had to work hard and make an effort to learn it. But I got through it.
Why did you decide to do your required internship at Common Hope?
I thought it would be a good choice, so I came and asked and was accepted. I first worked in 2008, in November and December. Now I am back, and there was an option to look for another office, but I really like the environment here. And the girls [Common Hope accounting staff members Xiomara and Claudia] told me my spot would be here if I was interested in coming back.
What made you want to come back to do your final internship here?
I was really happy to come back, very excited. More than bosses, [Xiomara and Claudia] have been friends—it’s a pleasant environment. I also really like the organization, and I like to learn new things. They have taught me a lot, like how to have better control over the numbers in accounting.
I graduate at the end of October, and I plan to get a job and also study auditing at the University on Saturdays. I applied for one of Common Hope’s competitive university scholarships.
What does your mom say now that you are about to graduate?
My mom is really happy that I achieved this. I think she is also relieved [laughs].
If you could say something to Common Hope supporters, what would you tell them?
I would tell them that I am thankful for all the support they give, because it is a huge help. Without it, many kids like me wouldn’t be able to keep studying. So, thank you very much, and hopefully everything that you have given to us will be multiplied and given back to you in return.