April 2017 Next Step Alumni Spotlight: Enry Ramos
By Roxana Pérez and Vita Soto
Welcome to the Next Step Alumni Spotlight! Every month throughout the school year we highlight a Next Step Alumni that has received their GED to check in and see how they are doing and what they’ve been up to since graduating from Next Step PCS.
For this month, we interviewed Enry Ramos who graduated from Next Step in 2013 with his GED.
Q: Where were you born? How did you hear about The Next Step PCS?
A: My name is Enry, and I am from Honduras. I asked one of my friend if she new about any school where I could take English and GED classes, and she told me about Next Step PCS.
Q: What attracted you to The Next Step PCS and how was your experience?
A: I was attracted to The Next Step PCS on my first impression – staff were genuinely interested in me. They motivated me and they made me feel like my goals matter to them as well.
A: I took the Spanish GED
Q: Is English your primary language? If no, what is your primary language?
A: No, my primary language is Spanish.
Q: Did you take ESL courses? If so, where and for how long did you take ESL courses?
A: Yes, after I passed my GED I took some ESL classes for a few months.
Q: How long did it take you to pass the GED?
A: It took me three months to pass my GED. Of course I did not only used the school resources; I used everything I could – Google, YouTube, apps etc.
Q: What was your motivation to pass the GED?
A: My motivation came from the goals I had set for myself. My other motivation came from my hunger for success and to continue my education.
A: Yes, as a student who had to work full-time, not just to pay my bills but also to help my family, I would feel tired at times.
Q: Who or what helped you pass the GED?
A: I would say my effort, the time I dedicated to studying (I studied during all my free time) and of course my teachers played a major part.
Q: Did you receive any scholarships?
A: I did; I receive the Mundo and the Ben Friedberg Scholarships
Q: What advice would you give to current students at The Next Step PCS who are trying to obtain the GED?
A: The most important thing I will say to current students is to have GOALS because without goals you are directionless. You will be left behind by those who have goals set. Secondly, always think about those goals because the more you think about your goals the closer you get to them. Finally, be disciplined and work hard for your goals. There will always be ups and downs; it is not going to be easy, but if you want it badly enough you will get it. Think positive because in the end whether you think you can, or you think can not, you are right.
Q: What are you doing today?
A: At the moment, I am studying Automotive Technology at Montgomery College.
Q: What is the best part of your job or schooling?
A: The best part of my schooling is that I am studying something that I am passionate about. I love automotive; it’s my thing. My father used to tell me, “to do something better you have to do it with passion, no matter what you do in life, do it with passion and love.”
Q: What are your future professional goals?
A: My future professional goals are to finish my degree in Automotive Technology, work in the field, and have my own business.
A: I do a lot of things. Sometimes I like to read, play sports or explore on the internet whatever I find interesting that will help my brain. I also like to be alone sometimes and meditate. I mainly enjoy just staring at the beautiful nature that God created for us.