Meet Waldo Aguavivas

Waldo Aguavivas is a student at Suffolk University.

In my family, other things were always more important than education. My mother had to work three jobs to put food on the table. She couldn’t come home and help me with homework or urge me to go to school. School was uncomfortable for me because I’m a gay Dominican male. I dropped out in 2005 when I was in 11th grade.

When I signed up for Clemente in 2011 I didn’t know what a syllabus was. My writing needed improvement. I struggled but I worked hard to improve, meeting regularly with the writing coach. Clemente made me realize that no question is a dumb question. I saw that others have the same questions I do, so I’m no longer scared to ask. The professors encouraged me to express myself. Through Clemente I learned self - discipline, and gained an understanding of what college is all about.

I went on to get my associates degree from Roxbury Community College, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa. This semester I started at Suffolk University. I plan to get my BA then go on to law school. I am the first in my family to go to college, and I want to keep learning. Clemente opened up my mind and now I’m hungry for more knowledge.

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