Andrea Cano Age: 18 years Career: TBA Graduation Date: 2020
What motivated you to go to university?
Even though I havent started university, I am motivated because I want to have a great future, make my dreams come true, and I understand this is the right path to make all this happen. I am also motivated by remembering stories from my life and my family. I also love to study and be better than myself. Starting my career is my plan for this year.
Why did you choose your career?
I chose to study International Business because I want to learn how businesses operate, new international markets, other cultures, and how to create new commercial strategies that are viable for a company. I started with this career because this way I could be able to learn about my interest in businesses and everything that makes them successful.
When did you become an IAMCBOB Scholar?
I started in 2017 and I am very grateful for this scholarship because I see more opportunities to make my dreams come true.
How does the IAMCBOB scholarship help you?
Initially the scholarship helped me with school supplies, snacks, and transportation. It helped me pay for an admissions exam at the University of Antioquia, unfortunately I was very close to passing it and now the scholarship helps me pay for an AA degree. Thanks to the scholarship program my dreams are more clear and with more possibility to achieve them, and that makes me very happy. The program has never denied us help and is always there for us.
What are your plans after graduation?
I hope to have a good job, start my own business based on my studies, give my family what we have not had until now, and start a small foundation to help kids and young adults that have been victims of violence.
What is your ideal job?
It will be feeling good with my work and about the work I do, having a work team, a good working environment, freedom to express myself, and lastly, that it brings me growing opportunities both in the workforce and personal.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I see myself traveling and helping young adults. I can see myself closing big business deals, learning about other cultures, speaking different languages, and lastly, I see myself at peace knowing that my family is okay.
Tell us your story.
My childhood was very lonely since my dad did not take responsibility for me. Since my mom was young she had to work day and night so she could give me something to eat. At one point we lived on the streets because we did not have a place to live nor did we have anyone’s support. Later, we moved to a small house, but I would mostly stay at my neighbours’ houses so that my mother could keep working. I barely saw her and would cry a lot at school, yet I learned how to be a “strong” girl. I did not have a typical childhood, but I would still have fun sometimes. I understood why my mother was not around often, which is why I didn’t judge her. I was a good student. My mother was always strong so that I could be well. She did not like for me to see her crying. Now she is what keeps me going, and since I was a little girl she would tell me this phrase: “He who has little, values it more.”
Who do you admire?
I deeply and profoundly admire my mother, she has been a strong woman, a fighter. I admire that her despair did not lead her to leave me with another family. I admire her, and I am grateful for her because thanks to her I am good and happy, I am her number one fan. I admire her because during my childhood I rarely had her by my side and its very few the memories I have with her, but she always made sure I knew that she was my mother and that she was always there for me. Lastly, I admire her because I was never in need of a father due to the way in which she fulfilled both parental roles. This is why I love her and why she is my idol.