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Lazara Gonzales

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“I'm gaining real world experience.”

My name is Lazara Gonzalez. I am a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a major in Pre-professional Biology. My ultimate goal is to work in the medical field helping people. One of the things that made me decide to help people in such a way was a program called Summer Business Institute, or as I like to call it "SBI." This is a program made to give high school students the opportunity to experience what it is to work in the real world. It also teaches the students how to manage their finances and how to deal with certain situations that will come up in life.

In the summer of 2009 I became part of the SBI Program for the first time. When I got into the program, I began to understand what it was all about and how everything worked. They assigned me a mentor and an employer for the summer. My employer soon found out that I was Cuban and introduced me to a good Cuban friend of hers. Little did I know that this "Cuban friend of hers" would be my mentor for the rest of high school and even through college.

Two years later, in the summer of 2011 I got the opportunity of joining SBI for the second time. This time, they gave me a position at a UNLV office that specializes in helping adults and teenagers get back into their education. I enjoyed both the job and the staff there so much that they eventually became like family to me. Since this office takes people though the process of applying to a college or university they helped me get into UNLV by guiding me though the application and providing me with information that would help me through the process.

SBI Program gave me the keys to open limitless amount of doors into my future. Not only did it give me the tools to fulfill my dreams but it also gave me hope to get to them. The two summers I was in SBI were two of the best summers of my life. Thanks to the opportunities that The SBI Program gave me, I am headed towards a new phase in my life.

To learn more about the Summer Business Institute in Clark County, click here.

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