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I lived the first four years of my early childhool in Bogota, Colombia and then spent most of my life in Central Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University and stayed in Columbus to serve with City Year. I joined City Year because both of my parents are educators and from the time I was little, they have instilled in me the value of education. In college, when I got the chance to work with an after school program through a work-study position, I realized how uplifting it was to come to work each day and see the difference I made in children's lives. I knew that with City Year, I would be investing in both myself and in the lives of the students I would serve, which ultimately led me to join the organization. The biggest lesson I learned while serving with City Year is to be like water. Everything and everyone are always changing. Remembering this truth has allowed me to overcome many obstacles and mold myself to work with many different styles presented by teachers, colleagues and, most importantly, students. City Year has inspired me to continue to pursue a career in Education. I am currently either planning to go back to school for a degree in counseling or for not-for-profit management.

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