Working to Make The Medicare System Better
By Troy Wilde
August 19, 2016
Phoenix, AZ – Eriberto Giron is hoping to use his college degree from Arizona State University to help make it easier for people to get access to Medicare.
Eriberto explains, “I want to change the Medicare laws; help reduce prices, in some way or some form, get involved and change peoples’ lives. I want to run hospitals or clinics – anything to do with Medicare to just help people out, and make the smiles go on their faces.”
Eriberto, age 20, was born and raised in Phoenix. He graduated from Maryvale High School and earned his associate’s degree at Glendale Community College, before transferring to ASU, where he’s working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy.
Eriberto points out that his interest in improving Medicare is personal, “My family wouldn’t be able to apply for Medicare because it was too expensive. I want to change that and help those people who really do need it, and don’t have the income to afford it. I know a lot of people out there who don’t have money, and they want to go for check-ups but they can’t.”
Eriberto is among the many hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year. It also provides students with specialized mentoring services through “Success Advisers.” Essentially, the advisers act as mentors for the students – guiding them through academic and personal challenges.
Eriberto offers high praise for his Success Adviser, Matt Sotelo, “Matt is a great adviser and mentor. We’re always talking and texting, and whenever I have time, I would go to his office. He’s been really helpful with anything I need to know.”
He adds that the scholarship has also eased the financial burden of college, “Oh, financially it’s helped a lot. The scholarship has helped me pay for my books and my education, and with some other financial aid, I’ve been able to not work as much as I would have had too, if I didn’t have this financial support.”
Eriberto says his transition from high school to college was made easier by his involvement in college programs, “Moving from high school to college was easy because I was in the Upward Bound program at ASU during my freshmen year. It helped me develop communication skills, be myself, budget money, take college credit courses – so it helped a lot.”
Eriberto also credits his college to career to family encouragement:
“My family has always encouraged me. They always wanted me to graduate high school and graduate college. They’ve helped me financially as much as they can, and sometimes they need the money more than I do. So I choose to work and stay up late at night doing homework, so that they don’t have to work so hard to pay my way.”
Eriberto has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “I would say keep trying, do your best, and always do your homework. Doing your homework is what really gets you the good grades. If you don’t do your homework, you won’t know what’s going on in the class and you’ll be confused.”
Beyond the books, Eriberto is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and his all-time favorite sport of baseball.