An Interview With An EAP Graduate

15 May 2023

Mike Ureta was one of fifteen college/ university graduates from the community from the Academic year 2021– 2022.

He was admitted to CCM’s community program when he was 14 years old in 8th grade in Junior High School. Last August 2022 he completed his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship.  He is now working as a Collection Officer in a law firm.

We asked him a few questions about his time in CCM…

How important is studying to you?

It is very important because it is the key to achieving my dreams in life.

What motivated you to finish your studies?

My motivation is my family because I grew up in poverty, so I wanted to improve our lives.

What were your dreams or aspirations when you were still studying?

My dream when I was studying was to work for the government. I haven’t achieved it yet, but I think I’m on the road to success.

What are the good experiences you had while studying?

I enjoyed having friends who supported me and gaining new knowledge.

How did you struggle in your studies? How did you overcome it?

I struggled with my thesis, but my friends helped me to overcome it. There was a point where I wanted to give up, but I thought that if I quit, I would be the only one who loses in the end.

In your opinion, why did you achieve your success ?

I achieved it because of my hard work and determination. I didn’t give up and continue to fight.

What CCM activity is memorable to you?

The youth camp, sessions and workshops.

What challenges can you leave for students today?

I want to share with other students that I know it’s hard to study, but don’t give up because we are doing this for our parents and our dreams.

What would you like to say to your sponsors?

I want to thank my sponsor because without him, I wouldn’t have achieved what I have now.

How did CCM help you in your studies?

CCM helped me a lot because it served as an instrument for me to continue my studies, financially and spiritually, and especially through the good teaching of our social workers.

What do you think is the most important thing you learned from CCM–EAP?

The most important thing I learned from CCM is to always pray and learn to get along with others.