Celso, 20, is in his third year at the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador where he is studying Communication. He lives at home with his father, his mother, two older brothers, younger sister, and younger brother. His middle brother is severely handicapped and is unable to care for himself, so the family takes turns caring for him throughout the day. Celso’s classes are only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which therefore make for very long days. He awakes at 5am in order to catch the 6:30 bus to San Salvador where classes begin at 8. Though he has a few breaks in between, Celso’s classes go until 8pm and he doesn’t return home to El Espino until nearly 10:30.
Celso is an avid photographer and an electronic music enthusiast. His creativity is unstoppable. With his degree, he hopes to one day become an accomplished journalist or television commentator, “renowned for helping other people and imparting values to them.”
We asked Celso to answer a few questions to help you get to know him better. Below are his responses!
What are some of your professional aspirations?
I want to be known as an accomplished journalist or TV commentator, renowned for helping other people and imparting values to them.
Why do you think your education is important?
My education is important because it’s made me into a different person, with different principles and values. It’s because of my education that I’ll one day be able to make my country a better place, and help my family, my community and anyone else I can.
How has the crime/violence in this country affected you personally?
Because of the rampant gang violence in our country, we don’t feel safe riding the public buses to school. In fact, there are very few areas where we do feel safe at all.
How do you think positive change can come about in your community or country?
One way to prevent gang violence is for parents to raise their children well and care for them. A lot of the gang members are people who weren’t taught well by their parents or who grew up in the streets without any family. So it’s up to us to encourage people and try to do whatever we can to guide them so they don’t make those kinds of mistakes.
What is your community service project?
I’m working with the Leadership School that CIS [Center for Exchange and Solidarity] runs, putting on workshops for the other scholarship students about important issues like protecting the environment, sexual responsibility and leadership. It’s important to me because as I’m developing as a person, I’m also helping my classmates, which I love to do.
What do you do in your free time?
In what little free time I have, I like to stay in touch with friends on Facebook and catch up on news through social media. I’m also learning how to produce music on my computer and I like spending time with my family, watching movies.
What is your favorite book or genre?
Some of my favorite books are the Bible, “Don Quixote” and the comic “Cyanide and Happiness.”
What is your favorite music?
I like and I listen to all kinds of music: reggae, country, instrumental, folk, salsa, perreo, etc. But what I like best and what most inspires me is electronic music and all of its different branches (house, trance, progressive, EDM, etc.).
What are your best qualities?
I’m curious, enterprising, studious, perseverant, enthusiastic, motivated, positive, understanding, romantic, loving, peaceful and detail-oriented.
What is something surprising about you that only a few people know?
One thing most people don’t know is that every day I’m learning more about producing music and I’m good at grasping ideas that people tell me about.