June 15, 2012: Student from Belize reflects on her time in Concordia, by Cindy Ponce

June 15, 2012 by

I was born and raised in Belize, a small country in Central America. I grew up with three brothers and three sisters with whom I share a strong relationship. We grew up really close because Mom and Dad always taught us strong values. They always said that being kind and generous to each other will one day help us when we go out into the world.

Today, as I reflect on how I got here to the United States, I know that I’ve put to work the values our parents taught us. I know that the way you treat and care for someone is what makes that person feel special when you’ve just met them.

I am a person who likes being surrounded by people simply because I grew up in a big family and because every single minute I spend with someone — it doesn’t matter if it’s the family, a friend, an acquaintance, or someone I won’t see again — is part of my life. I am a person who cherishes every moment I spend with someone because that person has become part of me, even though few people know it.

While attending Cloud County Community College, I’ve met so many people from all over the world. They are friends who come from different cultures and have different values but we all share one thing in common: Each of us is in this one place to become a better person in life.

As we build new friendships, we know that each one is the start of a new experience, an experience that will stay in our hearts forever.

Being here at Cloud has helped me to become a stronger and more confident person. It has taught me to never give up in what I want in life.

One of the most amazing things that has happened to me here is living with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. I’ve been living with the sisters at Manna House of Prayer for more than a year and I know I couldn’t have ended in any better place. I love living here with the sisters because they don’t only look at me as a student who is living with them but as part of their community. Every moment I spend with them has been special, whether at dinner sharing stories, laughing, and even sometimes in silence. I know that when I move on and leave them, they’ll be my inspiration and they’ll be the people to whom I will look back as role models.


— Cindy Ponce is in her second year at Cloud County Community College where she is studying business.


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