Gabriela's parents and uncles were not able to attend school beyond the 6th grade in Nicaragua because they had to work. "I think that my determination and my family has motivated me to keep studying here at COCC," she says.
In her second year at COCC, Gabriela is leaning toward the medical assisting program. She works three part-time jobs: on-call medical interpreting, cleaning five nights a week and as a caregiver two days a week.
She decided to run for president of the Latino Club because she wanted to be more involved in campus activities.
"I have become more open-minded about how important diversity is in our school," says Gabriela. "Now that I am working with the Latino Club, ethnicity, race and culture have become a very important part of my life. If I can be of help to any of the members, they know they can count on me."
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