What did you study, year of graduation, and in which university?
In 2013 I started studying Environmental Engineering at the Central American University. Although the classes were demanding, I felt that I could give more and in 2014 I also enrolled in the Law School at UNAN Managua. I received my university degrees in both Environmental Engineering and Law in the same year, 2018.
What is your current job?
I developed my professional practices in the Molecular Biology Center of UNAN Managua, RURMA campus, where I carried out my monographic research entitled “Phytoremediating Potential associated with a bacterial isolate Phragmites Australis for the treatment of hexavalent chromium in aqueous medium.” After the culmination of my studies, I continued working in said laboratory for approximately one more year, mainly in the biochemistry and proximal areas, with rotations in plant tissue culture, microbiology and plant DNA. Additionally, I worked at the Center for Understanding with Nature (CEN) as the technical representative for residents affected by industrial activities and in environmental restoration activities. Subsequently, I got a job with better remuneration in the National Water Authority (ANA). My initial position was Specialist in Water Resources, later I was promoted to Responsible for Control and Monitoring of Concessionary Rights and later I was appointed Director of the National Public Registry of Rights of Water (RPNDA). I am also a member of the Technical Committee for Standardization of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce (MIFIC) in water matters as representative of ANA.
What are your dreams?
May my family live comfortably. I don’t want to be a millionaire, I don’t find success in money, but in doing what I like. I want my nephew to be happy and lack nothing, but also to be aware of the value of things and the meaning of his efforts. I am still young and I have not achieved everything, but I hope that my parents are presented with enough life to be able to enjoy the comforts that one day I hope to provide them, since they have not done anything in life but work tirelessly for my sister and for me, so that we can have a better life than the one they had, a life that I also hope to share with them. In the professional field, I want to become a doctor in biotechnology with a focus on environmental quality or ecology, and dedicate myself to improving the environmental conditions of sites affected by human action. I do not see myself for the rest of my life working in administrative procedures or for-profit consulting, I can do more than that.
What impact did having a scholarship from FAJB have on your life?
My family did not have the possibility of sending me to study at one of the best universities in Central America. The Fundación A. Jean Brugger scholarship provided me with the ability to achieve my academic goals and, above all, it taught me to value education and to give back the knowledge I have acquired to my community. That community badly needs professionals with technical skills, but above all, needs professionals with common sense, values, ethics, and morals to achieve sustainable development.
What is the most important thing you learned during your time with FAJB?
To value opportunities, this implies many things; love what you do and find the meaning of your efforts and anxious moments; at the end of the story they are part of your experience and form who you are.
How important is having a university title to achieving your goals?
The university degree is very important, however, people should see beyond the paper it’s printed on, see all the effort that went into it. I could well obtain a degree and say that I went through the university, but the university may not have gone through me; in other words, the experience and dedication that we put into each job or assignment is worth more, it is worth being foolish and even annoying because that reflects passion. I know that Fundación A. Jean Brugger has been wise in choosing its scholarship students, because I am sure that none of them have gone after just a degree, but after knowledge and in search of their dreams.
Are you married, do you have children?
I am not married or have any biological children, but I am raising my nephew as my own child, including food and recreational expenses