Laura Cabrera Medina

By Troy Wilde

February 28, 2017

Phoenix, AZ – Laura Cabrera Medina is hoping to use her college education to develop new types of prosthetic limbs that can help members of her family, and others.

Laura explains, “A couple of years ago my uncle lost his leg and has been struggling with his prosthesis which doesn’t always fit right, or it hurts, or he’s uncomfortable with it. Also, a couple of years ago my dad lost his finger and he has really been hurt by the loss, and he would really like to find a way to get that finger back in the future. So, I want to work in the field of prosthetics to see if there is the ability to advance medicine and technology to the point where we can help people who have lost their body parts, gain those parts back again.”

Laura, age 19, was born in Mexico and raised in Phoenix from the age two. She graduated from Bioscience High School and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Grand Canyon University, “Everyone is so nice at Grand Canyon University. It’s a very small, but safe community, and I feel that I can talk to a lot of people and if I just ask for help from anyone in my class, they are more than willing to help me with my coursework, and help me understand my classes. So, I really like the fact that GCU is smaller, and that everyone can communicate with their peers and other classmates, and be able to help each other out and just grow with the community.”

Laura is among the hundreds of high-potential students from low income circumstances who have earned scholarships from College Success Arizona. Laura says the scholarship, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses, has helped ease the financial aspect of college, “College Success Arizona has really helped me a lot. Through GCU, I was able to get some academic scholarships but I still had a gap in being able to pay off my schooling. So, College Success Arizona provided me with the resources to be able to go to school and continue with my education.”

College Success scholars are also provided with specialized mentoring services through a team of highly skilled “Success Advisers.”  Myrna Cardenas is Laura’s Success Adviser:

“Myrna has been a great mentor for me. I have only been in college for two semesters, but for these two semesters, she has really helped me out with some of the issues which I might be running into, such as procrastination and time management. She really goes out of her way to help me find tools to work though those issues. I have also gone to the different events which College Success Arizona holds and I was able to work on my resume and to develop some skills, which may not have happened without College Success, and Myrna’s help.”

Meanwhile, Laura has some advice for middle and high school students who may be considering college, “Always stay motivated and be aware of what your goals are, and where you want to be in the next five years. I would also encourage students to realize that goals can be achieved if you look for different scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and by widening your scope. If you can accomplish those things – achieving your long-term goals should be right around the corner, if you just keep up those good habits.”

Laura adds that college, so far, is a great experience, “I really feel that the best part of my college experience is being able to meet new people, and get involved with the community and other students. It’s so nice to learn about their career choices and what is motivating them – just meeting new people that can help me grow and learn as a person, and as a student, is the best part.”

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