Mariano U.

Mariano U.


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More About Me

Community: Caliaj
Grade: 7
Birthday: July 19, 2005
Favorite Subject: Art because I like to draw and paint.

Dream: I want to be a chef and work in a restaurant.

Biography: My mom is a widow. My dad died in 2005 in a car accident in the same year that my twin sister, Mariana, and I were born. My mom remarried, so we are now a part of a blended family with limited finances. To help out with expenses, I work cleaning beans at a farm that my stepfather’s son rents. I can’t hear very well because my ears are damaged, and I haven’t been able to get a medical checkup because it’s too expensive, but I am a good and attentive student. I want to keep going to school, but my stepfather won’t support us financially. My mom, who is illiterate, wants me and my twin sister to continue studying because she wants us to get good jobs so we can have a better future. She is a housewife, so she is not able to help us pay for tuition without my stepdad’s help. Without a COED scholarship I would have to work for several years to save for tuition and then return to school.

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