Student Spotlight: José Mada

L-R: José Mada, Hacia la Universidad Participant and  New Mexico State Representative  Javier Martinez.

L-R: José Mada, Hacia la Universidad Participant and  New Mexico State Representative  Javier Martinez.

Thanks to Hacia la Universidad I have succeeded to do multiple things I didn’t imagine myself doing.
— José Mada

Impact: Building Opportunity Across Generations

Hacia la Universidad Student Spotlight: José Mada

I’m sixteen years old and I go to Albuquerque High School. I joined Hacia la Universidad in my freshman year. Hacia la Universidad helped me out - to get my act together. I got my act together because I was missing a lot of credits – thanks to this program I have succeeded to do multiple things I didn't imagine myself doing.

This summer Hacia la Universidad helped me to get into the program at Health Career Academy. My mom is happy that I’m in this program because she sees me going to tutoring and doing a lot of stuff with this program and she's proud of me.

My favorite memory of the program was being a delegate to attend La Cosecha (a statewide bilingual education conference hosted by Dual Language Education of New Mexico). It was an experience that I won't forget at all. Meeting other people from different schools, to important people that have done a lot to help out the community shows us how one person can do a lot by helping and dedicating themselves to their education.

In the future I want to be a nurse and help out others. I chose to make nursing a goal because of my brother - he has some disabilities and my mom is taking care of him and I have helped her.