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Former MEP Student Pays it Forward as Peace Corps Volunteer

Lúcia Valdivia-Sánchez, Program Specialist for the Putnam County Migrant Education Program (MEP), recently shared a truly inspiring story from a former MEP student.

Madai Rodriguez is the first in her family to graduate high school with the highest honor, Valedictorian of her class; but that’s not where the first at things begins and ends. She is also the first of her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree with high honors.

Madai graduated top of her class from Crescent City High School in 2010 and attended the Ohio University with the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) immediately after graduation. Her family made the transition process as smooth as possible and the CAMP family made it possible for her to become acclimated to the college life. While at Ohio State, Madai double majored in Chinese and Korean. Currently, she holds a position in Peace Corps as a volunteer English teacher in Chengdu, Sichuan a province in Southwest China.

When you become a Peace Corps Volunteer, you commit to a three month training in your host country and a two year service. "I just finished one quarter of that service as of a couple weeks ago," Madai communicated to Lúcia in late 2014. "I would say my biggest accomplishment thus far is graduating a Buckeye from Ohio State with honors and getting into Peace Corps. I have learned so much from being in a country that is completely different from what Crescent City is like. I have learned what it's like teaching abroad while at the same time trying to immerse myself into the host country.”

Madai’s goals include working for the United States Foreign Service (a component of the U.S. Department of State) and using her special language skills and interest for traveling and culture. Something that she is familiar with growing up in a Migrant Family! We wish Madai much success in reaching her goals.

Posted on February 3, 2015.


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