Lucia Alexandra Rodriguez Alvarenga
When did you start at SJBS?
I started SJBS when I was three-years-old. SJBS back then had pre-kinder which came before Kinder and I had to be there because I was too little to be inKinder or Prepa.
Do you have any brothers or sisters at SJBS?
I don’t have any siblings in SJBS.
Describe your family.
My family is just me and my mom. My father died when my mother was still pregnant, so it’s just us two. My family is really happy and I love them a lot.
What was your first day of school like?
My first day at school, I remember I was really excited to go to school, but when I knew that my mom was not going to be there, I didn’t’ want to leave home. My mother had to take me to the classroom. When I saw she was leaving, I started running and crying towards her. I remember our teacher was not there and everybody seemed strange and dangerous to me. We had a baby-sitter who was Doña Eny (Oskar’s grandma).
How did you feel on your first day of 9th grade?
On my first day of ninth grade, I felt really happy because I felt mature and big. I also missed my friends a lot so I wanted to see them again.
What are you going to do after graduating from SJBS?
I think I’m going to a public school because my mom doesn’t have enough money to pay for a private one. I would like to get a job to help my mom a little, but first I want to finish my studies.
What is the most powerful lesson you’ve learned at SJBS?
The love some people show without knowing us. They help us in our studies. Also that when we have love, we don’t need anything else.
Which teacher impacted you the most (any year of school)? Why?
I think all my teachers because no matter what they always keep on trying to teach us new things so that we can be someone in life.
How have you changed since you began at SJBS?
I think I’m the same person from before (physically), but I’ve earned lots of knowledge and I’ve kept lots of good memories that will never be forgotten.
How do you feel about the future?
I’m really nervous about my future. I think becoming an adult is a really big responsibility, and I still don’t’ know if I’m going to be ready for it.
What do you want other people to know about Honduras?
I want them to know that Honduras is a really beautiful place to live in and to visit. That there are lots of good and beautiful places and that it is the best home you can get.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened at school?
Once when we were in first grade, one of my classmates felt sick and started vomiting and then all the class wanted to vomit just to make him feel good. That was nice and funny.
What will you miss about SJBS?
I will miss a lot my teachers, but most of all I will miss my classmates. They are like my second family, they have been with me 11 years and now the fact of leaving them makes me feel really sad. I will miss all the good times we pass and spent together.
Describe a normal day at school.
A normal day at SJBS: Mondays we do acto civico, then we have English, during recess my classmates and I spend time together to talk about our weekend, during lunch we sit and eat together, there we exchange food and make jokes, then we have dismissal where we wait for our rides to come and hug each other before leaving.
What does BECA mean to you?
BECA is like a family because it has helped me a lot throughout these couple of years. BECA has made my economic situation a little more stable sometimes. I thank BECA a lot for being there when me and my family needed them.

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