My name is Marlen Jazmin Co Lep from the village of Gancho Caoba II. I am currently in the 4th year of high school majoring in Science and Letters with with specialization in Computing. I am attending the school named Instituto Mixto Diversificado por Cooperativa de enseñanza (Institute Diversified by Teaching Cooperative). It is an Association of Community Students.
I was born on July 11, 2005, in the community of Rio Tzetoc, Cobán, Alta Verapaz. My father´s name is Filiberto Co Jalal, and my mother´s name is Candelaria Lep Bin. I have one brother and one sister, and I’m the third child. In my house we do not have water, so there were times in which my siblings and I had to go to a stream 2 kilometers away to collect water to take home. Often, my brother and my mother went into the surrounding forests to find some firewood since we have an open fire in the kitchen. My dad always went out to find work so that he could bring some money back home and pay for our studies.
While going to school, I have learned so much about computers. For example, I’ve learned about computer system parts and their functions. I do my homework tasks on a cellphone. This is my first year taking a computer class and I have a specialized teacher. I chose this high school field because I have always liked computer programming. I am hoping I can continue with my studies and attend a university in two years.
My short-term goals are the following: pass my classes with good grades, maintain good behavior within my family and in school, gain the trust of everyone, and take care of my family. My medium-term goals are: continue with school, encourage my classmates to keep studying, know more about my community and help children in need, find a job, and stay healthy.
My long-term goals are: get my degree and graduate in order to get a good and well-paying job. I’d like to support students who are in need so they can continue with their studies as well. I value everything I have and I’d like to have my own family. I always want to be grateful to the people who are supporting me in my studies. Overall, I want to achieve these goals with the advice and respect my parents have taught me, the support of my loved ones, and the good friends from GSSG