Yenifer, 21, is in her fourth year of college at the National University of El Salvador, where she is studying industrial engineering. She lives at home with her father, a carpenter, her mother, a homemaker, and her two brothers–one older and one younger. Yenifer’s class schedule is centralized in the morning this year and she spends five hours in class at the university before returning home to study.

We asked Yeni to answer a few questions to help you get to know her better. Below are her responses!

What are some of your professional aspirations?

I want to be an industrial engineer!

Why do you think your education is important?

My education is important because it helps me to become a better person day-by-day. Within just a few short years, I’ll be able to help family and offer a little bit of what I have or what I do to others. Also, I want to be someone; a useful member of society who contributes to positive change.

Describe someone who has inspired or motivated you:

My mom and dad motivate me more than anyone. They’re always there to support me and they’re my motivation to keep going forward day after day. Also, they always try to give me whatever I need to succeed in school.

How has the crime/violence in this country affected you personally?

I think that in many ways, it keeps us from doing a lot of things. It’s impossible to go out and be sure that everything’s okay because you never know what you’ll come across on your way from one place to another. Just by being young, you run a big risk when you leave home. We all worry about getting home early since it really upsets our parents to know that something could very well happen to us anywhere. I get scared sometimes, but I trust in God and I know that if something were to happen, it would be his will.

How do you think positive change can come about in your community or country?

In order to achieve change in our society, I think everyone needs to come together and work as a team, even though it won’t be easy. Also, creating campaigns focused on teaching moral values and, above all else, spiritual values would foster positive change. I believe it’s necessary to instill in others the love of God.

Tell us about your community service project.

I’m working with the Clean Water Project, which is important to me because it allows me to help others combat certain [waterborne] illnesses. We’re also trying to introduce people to better hygiene habits in the hopes of increasing public health.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I go to church and sing worship songs.

What is your favorite book or genre?

My favorite book is “La Ultima Guinda,” which is about the history of the El Salvadoran civil war.

What is your favorite music?

Any Christian music, pop, rock and ska, among others.

What are your best qualities?

I study hard, I’m responsible, I like to help others, I don’t give up easily, I like to challenge myself and I’m very social.

What is something surprising about you that only a few people know?

I want to travel to Africa and see the animals in real life.

What would you say if you could speak face-to-face with your sponsors?

I would greet them and I would give them a big hug, thanking them for being my sponsors.