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Meet Juan Gonzalez: Starting Up Now’s New Community Coordinator Intern

L. Brian Jenkins, MA - Monday, September 21, 2015

StartingUp Now is happy to welcome Juan Gonzalez as our new Community Coordinator Intern. Juan is a recent graduate of North Park University, in Chicago, with a degree in International Business and Economics. During his time as intern he will collect and organize content for the Skillcenter’s topics and resources, develop content for media outlets, including the StartingUp Now blog and social media accounts, developing communications pieces, attending social networking events to advocate for SUN, and expand its brand awareness. To learn more about Juan, read his bio below!

"I was born and raised in Colombia, South America, but have lived most of the past 4 years in the United States as an international student. I graduated this past May from North Park University, in Chicago, with a degree in International Business and Economics.

My parents instilled in my sister and I their strong belief the most valuable things in life are faith, knowledge, service and family. They have been and continue to be my role models; their strong ethics and values provide a clear compass to follow. Their encouragement and support inspired me to fulfill my dream of coming to the United States to earn my college degree. Through hard work, dedication and a no small degree of sacrifice, I’ve learned today’s dream can become tomorrow’s foundation and my future is limited only by what I dream today. 

Soccer has also been an important part of my life. It seems like I started playing as soon as I learned to walk and played four years of highly competitive soccer in college. Through my love for the sport, I’ve learned individual talents, motivated and focused on a common goal, build a successful team. Leaders are motivators, allowing us to achieve more than we initially thought possible.

My dream today is to be a leader; helping, motivating and inspiring people; providing a path for others to achieve their dreams. One person, providing knowledge and support, can make a difference in countless lives. I intend to leave behind a powerful legacy of positive change”



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