Elaine is a Spanish major with a minor in Business at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN). Elaine choose Spanish as her major in order to work as a Medical Interpreter, which she hopes to do once she becomes certified this summer.
One thing she has learned from being in a small town like Winona is an appreciation for diversity. This has made her learn more about her own culture and discover other cultures as well.
An aspect of the Lasallian mission she will take with her into the real world is helping other people. Elaine said, “since I will be working in hospitals I will be assisting non-English speaking patients.” “Going into this field will help me maintain the lasallian mission of helping others.
Elaine shared how FGI and its staff have influenced her life, “I feel the program is very helpful and I think the world should know more about the program and the opportunities it gives to give guidance to the scholars, starting when they are in the Countdown to College (C2C) program. I think everyone in C2C should take advantage of this opportunity because they are with a group of professionals that will help them set their goals and achieve them.”
Elaine wants to give a huge thanks to the benefactors, “The benefactors should keep investing in FGI. Their investment in our future proves that they believe in all of the scholars.” “The benefactors should continue to contribute to FGI because with their support the first FGI class entered SMUMN, graduated and became professionals. Without their (the benefactors) support not many of us would not be here.”