Where are you working/going to school right now?
I’m currently working at DSA as a para educator for Pre-K 4 A with Ms. Mehlberg. I’m also studying at Miami Dade College, taking my general credit classes in order to transfer to a university later on. What I enjoy the most about this place is the guidance and assistance that the teachers and staff have provided for me. The bond between all staff members is unbelievably strong and everyone is there for you when you need it the most. DSA has also given me the opportunity to do what I love most, and that’s to help others.
What are you studying and what to do you hope to do in the future?
My major is in Film/TV Production which I want to study at a university, out of state preferably. I’m looking forward to finishing my Associate of Arts degree and doing my general credits at Miami Dade College so that I can later study for my Bachelor’s degree in Filmmaking at another university. After I finish that, hopefully I will have the opportunity to work on what I love most and keep studying for my Master’s degree.
How has DSA helped you to get where you are now?
DSA has guided me throughout my personal and educational process. I have grown as a person because I feel more independent when it comes to choosing universities and choosing my classes. The staff has helped me prepare for my goals and taught me that working hard is very important in order to get where you want to be. When I lived in my country, I had a different writing process than the one I currently have.
Now that I am studying, I am able to write a college level essay as well as to present in front of a group of professors, and I thank DSA for that, especially because of our senior projects.
What other fun updates can you share about your life?
I was a volunteer at a Venezuela TV channel (network) called El Venezolano TV. I was part of the production crew and I was able to edit footage and videos of the news we were going to show on air. I would also cover for the producer who trained me whenever he was not able to work. The program we were part of is called Dígalo Aquí. I contacted the interviewees and chose the news we were going to work on for the program. I also had the opportunity to meet Venezuelan politicians and really famous anchors, reporters, and journalists.
What advice can you share with current DSA students?
A piece of advice I would give to the high school students is to start researching for the schools they want to go to and to see if they have the academic program of their desire. I would also tell them to study for their SATs and ACTs as well as to complete all the required credits they should take as soon as possible before graduating so that later on, when they are seniors, they are able to take any extra credits they want. Basically, be ready for college and check often with academic advisors for information and guidance.