A few years ago, Eggla met Juliana McGuinn, Gateways Underserved Populations Program Coordinator while attending a community health worker certification class. With Julianas encouragement and the encouragement of friends and family, she decided to attend the next fall, despite some uncertainties in her life.
Currently she is pursuing an associate in science degree and ultimately plans to earn a graduate degree in social work or counseling, and medical interpreting certification. Eggla wants to work in the Latino community to encourage growth and success, particularly with Latino adolescents. She also wants to become a certified medical interpreter using her bilingual skills to help people understand the medical care they need.
Eggla appreciates the warm atmosphere at Gateway and the willingness of the instructors and staff to work alongside students to ensure success. She encourages new students to ask questions and take advantage of instructor office hours to get one-on-one help. Eggla advises new students to ask for support from the many services staff offers. Most importantly, make friends. Gateway is a diverse community and you can learn a lot from the people around you.