A girl who is currently completing her first year of service has received a full scholarship to a special university after passing a challenging exam. June 5, 2017 - Mexico
Iris at the high school home, in her first year of service to NPH
Iris* is 19 years old and joined the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ family in July 2013 at the age of 14. Prior to NPH, her father had not been part of her life for quite some time and her mother was unable to support a family by herself.
Nevertheless, these problems did not stop her from consistently shining academically throughout her time with NPH. She graduated from high school at the top of her class and is currently working through her first year of service before she goes off to university in Monterrey.
Her first six months of service were spent as a caregiver with the 8 to 11 year old girls, and currently she lives in Cuernavaca, serving as a role model to the high school children and helping them with many of their daily tasks.
In addition to excelling throughout high school, in March of 2017 Iris managed to pass an exceptionally challenging exam that tested her skills in math, reading comprehension and pattern recognition, just to name a few. Passing this exam allows Iris to attend a special university, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), in the summer of 2018 after she completes her second year of service.
Not only is she given this incredible opportunity to attend such a highly regarded university, but she is also receiving a full scholarship.
It is quite rare to receive this honor, so I sat down with Iris to learn a little more about her remarkable achievement.
After first congratulating her, I kicked off the conversation by simply asking how challenging the exam was. She responded humbly, “It was definitely tough, but I found the length and intensity of the test to be the most difficult part.” She said her principal method of preparation was merely reading a great deal of books that focused on the subjects which would be found on the exam. She also commented that listening to songs in English and having conversations with her English teacher, who also happens to be one of her godparents, brought her English comprehension to a higher level.
As the conversation progressed, we began discussing some of her future plans. Iris intends on studying medicine and one day becoming a pediatrician. She is aware this path may be long and strenuous, but she is willing to challenge herself in order to achieve her goals. When I asked what her plans are after graduation from university, she replied, “I want to live in Europe for a while and learn more about medicine and the rest of the world. But then I want to come back to Mexico and work with underprivileged children. But who really knows what will happen? Maybe I’ll even end up working at NPH.”
As our discussion came to an end and a smile spread across both of our faces, I asked Iris what inspired her to keep pushing forward throughout her life. She responded wholeheartedly, “My grandfather. He was an amazingly friendly person, but was unfortunately in a coma for quite some time and has since passed away. However, before he died I promised I would always honor him by becoming a doctor.”
Our conversation came to an end and I departed feeling so proud of everything Iris has accomplished. I know I can speak for everyone in the NPH family in saying that we truly wish her the best in every adventure that comes her way.
*Name changed for privacy purposes.
Aaron Ruder Communication Officer
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