A role model for their grandchildren

A role model for their grandchildren

Magdalena Reyes Gama (64) and Azucena España (63) accomplished their dreams of graduating from St. Augustine College on May 27.

Magdalena Reyes graduated as Magma Cum Laude – the second highest degree a student achieves – earning her Associate in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree with a concentration in Addictions Counseling.

“I am happy and proud to be a 64-year-old grandmother with honors. It took me a little over two and a half years to achieve this goal, “she said excitedly after the graduation ceremony. “It was a great effort but the result was a dream I waited for, for a very long time. Thank God, I have already done it and I am eternally grateful to St. Augustine College, all of its staff, admissions counselors, academics, teachers … and of course my family, because it was with their support and their encouragement that I achieved it. “

Mrs. Reyes revealed that the greatest sacrifice she had to make to achieve this dream was to abandon a business that she had begun with her husband. “Time did not allow me to do both. I put my studies ahead because I consider it very important not only for myself but for my whole family. I also had to stop enjoying my grandchildren. I left my role as a grandmother to be a student, but it was worth it … well worth it,” she concluded.

“Everything is possible, there is no barrier that prevents it”

On the other hand, we have Azucena España who completed her goal of obtaining a Psychology degree. The sunny morning of May 27 will remain forever in the memory of this mother because it is the day that she finally managed to accomplish a long-cherished dream: to become a Psychologist. “It’s my accomplished goal. It’s something I wanted to get for a long time. It took me quite a while to make it, almost 10 years, but I did it, he said minutes before her graduation ceremony at North Park University Auditorium in Chicago.

“I am here to prove that everything is possible in this country; there is no barrier preventing it. I am 63 years old and I am a clear example that when something is wanted everything is possible. The key word is to want, and that is achieved with great will and effort; I work 8 hours a day and I even do part time on Saturdays and Sundays. It was a great sacrifice because I had to leave aside almost my family commitments for those that were required at school,” she said.

Azucena España said that she began to study at SAC a long time ago and because of life’s circumstances, she would leave it and then return and leave it again. “When I stopped studying, I thought it would be impossible for me to get a degree in Psychology, but St. Augustine College called me all the time and they would say, ‘Are you ready to go back?’ And I would respond not yet … I really appreciate that Insistence and advice, they did not give up my dream. I just waited for my children to grow up so they could go to school. Now, nobody can stop me because I am planning to get my masters, I may not be young, but I have a lot of energy and I think I have a lot to give, “she concluded.

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