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TP/SS Student Spotlight: Jason Aron Lovo Callejas

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Published: 2019-02-25 00:00:59.090

Each month during the fall and spring semesters, the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Council selects a student to be part of the TP/SS Campus Student Spotlight series. These students demonstrate a strong commitment to both their education and their community, and exemplify how MC empowers its students to change their lives. You can see student spotlights on the campus webpage here: http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EDU/Department2.aspx?id=105483

The TP/SS Student Spotlight Series is now a collaboration between the TP/SS Campus Council and the Vice President and Provost's Office.

This month, meet Jason Aron Lovo Callejas.

Mr. Lovo Callejas is an intern in U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen's Montgomery County office, and has a 4.0 GPA. He moved to the United States three years ago from El Salvador when he was 17. Below, he tells his story and answers the Student Spotlight Questionnaire:

I was born in the small city El Carmen, La Union. A town in the oriental zone of the country El Salvador. I grew up in a lovely family with my mother, grandparents, uncle, aunt and my cousin. I had the opportunity to come to the United States when I was 17 years old and the same year that I was about to graduate from high school in El Salvador.

When I came to America, not everything was as I had hoped. I had to deal with different obstacles including the passing of my dear grandfather, which was the most difficult hardship I had to deal with since I came to the United States. Not speaking the language and having just a few friends was one of the things that young people like me have to go through when in a new country.

First, I set the goal to learn English in a year to be able to apply to college. At that time, I did not know I was living just a few minutes away from one of the most diverse and fascinating colleges in the United States. Montgomery College is a unique college that opens the door to students willing to succeed in life. It is a college full of people passionate about helping others overcome obstacles.

At Montgomery College, I decided to major in Business, which I think is one the most fundamental studies nowadays. In my studies, I have been blessed with having a 4.0 GPA and A's in all my recent classes.

I started thinking about opening even more doors in my path, and that is when I started to look for an internship. I am a person who likes politics and helping others as well, so I decided to look for an internship in the Senate of the United States. I checked in the Senator Van Hollen's website, with help of my former professor Diego Hernandez who is very supportive, and see there was an opportunity for Spring 2019, so I gathered all the information that was needed and started the process. Promptly, I was contacted for an interview, and a couple of weeks later I was noticed and offered the position for the internship in the State office. This experience has been so wonderful, and I am grateful for it. I am so grateful with God because He has given me a bunch of blessing and an awesome family.

1. What is your major?

I am majoring in business.

2. When do you intend to graduate and/or transfer?

I plan to graduate from Montgomery College and transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park in Fall 2020 to study International Business and be finished by Spring 2022 with my bachelor's degree.

3. What do you like most about Montgomery College?

The excellent professors, cultural diversity, and programs.

4. What are some of your hobbies?

I like to study and analyze politics and its strategies, watch some good movies, and play football (soccer) or go to the gym to be fit, dance, and read.

5. What would be your ideal dream vacation?

My ideal dream vacation would be five weeks spending one week in each of the most interesting countries in the world, which are, in my opinion, England, Japan, France, Israel, and El Salvador.

6. What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

The first thing I would buy if I won the lottery is great land in El Salvador to build small and decent houses for families who do not have one and do not have the means to build one.

7. What's your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is spending time with my entire family at Christmas and traditional parties including my father, who I lost three years ago.

8. What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched is Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

9. What was the last sport or music concert event you attended?

I have never gone to a concert or a sport event.

10. What would be your dream job?

My dream job would be a position from which I could help and support people.

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