kids will be the big memory of my internship. I will remember
their names and the things they used to say all my life.”
never thought of his large family in Ecuador as being a privilege.
And then came his SMC summer internship at John Adams Pre-School.
“A lot of those kids were unhappy be-cause they didn’t
have a father or a mother,” recalls Jorge. “One kid
told me that his father was in jail and that he sometimes goes
to see him. And that was very sad for me because, in my own childhood,
I never had to face those situations.”
Jorge felt a warm enthusiasm for his work at John Adams. “It
was a great situation,” he says. “I never worked with
kids before, and it’s an opportunity everyone should have.
You don’t take children seriously until you work with them
and watch them with each other. Then you learn to respect them
and you begin to understand ways to help them better. Providing
love and support—reading to them, teaching them a little
tennis—this is good for kids,” says Jorge. “And
I have to admit, it was a lot of fun for me too.”
to transfer to LMU, eventually to get his MBA. “I will hopefully
work in TV or radio because I’m interested in the media.
Communications is a lot of fun, and I think going back to Ecuador
with my degree is very likely. Markets are really opening up in
Central and South America,” he adds. “And my opportunities
there are going to be greater.” But whatever opportunities
cross his path in the future, Jorge reports that he’ll always
be grateful to SMC.
money I got for my scholarship was great because it’s paid
almost 20% of the cost of my first year at LMU,” he says.
“But SMC in general is the best school I’ve ever been
to, especially the International Students Center. The people there
were always helpful, and I have to thank them for my education,”
adds Jorge. “They were really my family here and they were
the ones I always turned to whenever I needed help.”