My name is Urzula Yanira Milian Tiul. I was born in San Pablo Tamahu, Alta Verapaz in the year 1991, being the last of 5 brothers and sisters. My mother and father didn’t have steady jobs and were always looking for a way to get ahead. When I was 10 years old, we migrated with my parents to Cobán for my father’s work. Through these years we have lived in the same city. In 2013 my father tragically died and I currently live with my mom and my two children, who depend only on me (because my husband abandoned us).
Currently I am studying for a licenciatura [like a bachelor degree] of Education Administration in the 9th cycle [semester], at the Mesoamerican University, North Regional location. I decided to study this career because I like teaching; in my opinion it is one of the best professions because it can change the lives of others. The university instills in us the philosophy of the teaching of Don Bosco and motivates [us] to be professionals committed to education.
In addition to this, teaching allows me to approach new goals and purposes and inspire more young people to continue their education. In my free time I provide help to children who do not have support and because of issues with the hybrid education [part virtual and part in-person due to the pandemic], have difficulty understanding the subjects. Among the small group of children whom I tutor, I have a little 5 year old boy with autism. I have also participated in workshops with life project themes to contribute to the strengthening of the dreams and goals of young people.
Among my most important dreams is to continue with a master’s degree. I would like to study psychology; I feel that this would strengthen my actions as a teacher. Although I am currently not a teacher, my dream is to give classes in a primary school or in special education. I love reading and educating myself but I have seen that there are not many places to get books at present. I would like to create a public library in which reading circles are encouraged and restore the idea that reading is so valuable in academic learning.
Among my short-term goals is graduation (which incidentally is coming up soon), support young people who need it in the area of education, improve the living conditions of my small family, have a stable job where I can support other young people, and be able to give back what GSSG does for me.