From Texas to Guatemala - UIW alumna shares her story on life after graduation
New Braunfels native Darlene Jasso Mendoza graduated from UIW in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. One year after walking the stage, a new chapter of her life began as she moved to Guatemala – the place where she met her husband while studying abroad as a Cardinal.
Today, Darlene finds herself teaching English at a Guatemalan private university, Universidad Rafael Landívar where she says it's been a "life changing" experience. Her passion for teaching has taken her beyond the university level as she also works with kids from Boys Hope Girls Hope International.
Here’s what Darlene says about her journey...
“About a year after I graduated from UIW, I moved to Guatemala because my husband is from there. I got my certificate to teach English and dove right in. I never wanted to or expected to be a teacher, and especially in a different country, but it's been life changing. I work with children who come from impoverished areas around Guatemala and are underprivileged. UIW prepared me tremendously for this type of work from two aspects. First of all, I don't think I'd ever just get up and move to another country if it weren't for my study abroad experience that UIW provided me. In fall 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to study in Rome, Italy. I lived there for four months and it opened my mind, helped me grow as a person, and I got to experience a different culture; which in conclusion prepared me for my life in Guatemala. The other aspect is the value of service that UIW has shown me. We must live our lives in a selfless way, and we shouldn't be indifferent to the realities that are surrounding us. I'm happy with the moments I lived during my time at UIW--they're moments I'll cherish for a lifetime.”
To read more about Darlene's life journey visit her blog at: https://aneternalspring.com/