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Alexander Zegarra

Alexander Zegarra's Profile

Passion: Cooling Repair Specialist
Age: 17
School: SENATI

This is Alexander Smith Zegarra Criollo, he is studying to become a refrigeration and air conditioning technician. He lives with his dad Alex, his mom Zoraida and his sisters Ana Cristina (13) and Alexandra Sofia (7).

“My dad works in an automobile repair shop. He leaves home early in the morning and comes back home in the evening. My mom is a housewife and my sisters go to school. Ana Cristina is in the 2nd year of high school and Alexandra Sofia is in the 2nd year of primary school. I finished my high school studies in December 2012."

"I decided to go for a technical career because they are on high demand and I want to be able to help my dad to support our family expenses. I want my sisters to have access to better education opportunities. I want them to be happy and successful women."

"My dad and my mom work really hard for giving us everything we need. I thank them every single day for what they do. However, I don’t want to show my gratitude only by using words. I want to be an active part of the family finances. I help my dad at the repair shop on the weekends. I value all the time I spend with him. He’s one of the best role models I’ve ever had."

Alex’s studies will last for three years and his biggest dream is to become a specialized technician. He wants to start his own company or small business.

“I want my neighbors to understand that we all have the possibility of changing our lives. They need to believe that we all are able to find respectable jobs (if we study and work hard) instead of just hanging out in the streets.”

Alex is a musician, a songwriter and also a guitar player. He enjoys soccer and cooking. “My mom says I’m a good chef too!”