Luis Perez Medina

By Troy Wilde

July 12, 2016

Tempe, AZ – Luis Perez Medina is fluent in English and Spanish, and he’s learning French, as part of his plan to have an international business career.

Luis explains, “I’m fortunate enough to know English, Spanish and French and that is all intentional on trying to get to that global career path. So I’m hoping that knowing three international languages will help propel my career to an international level.”

Luis, age 20, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He’s also studying French which he says is made somewhat easier by knowing the other languages, “Spanish and French are very similar in terms of their vocabulary and their intonation patterns, but I feel the grammar really helps a lot because the placement of words and the structure of sentences is very similar in both languages. I find that a lot of French words are kind of Spanish but with kind of an English twang to it. Some words look like English and some words look like Spanish, so I think that learning French is perfect for somebody who knows both languages.”

Luis was born and raised in Phoenix and graduated from Alhambra High School. He went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona with support from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses and also specialized mentoring services from Success Advisers who act as mentors, assisting the students through academic and personal challenges. Barbra Scrivner is Luis’ success adviser, and he says the mentors have been there in times of need, “The advisers have helped me so much. They’ve helped me whenever I’ve had questions and they’ve always been outgoing. The advisers also encourage us to network and get involved, so I have had the opportunity to participate in panels and participate in interviews, and meet people in business.”

Luis adds that College Success Arizona has also helped him meet new people, “One of the biggest things that they’ve helped me with is building a support network. College Success Arizona has networking events at all Arizona colleges where they have College Success network scholars. It’s allowed me to reach out to other people who are in a similar situation as me – many of the scholars are first-generation (American) and come from humble backgrounds – so it’s very easy to connect and network.”

Luis describes Supply Chain Management as the purchase, transportation and operations side of business, in which he holds a deep interest, “Business is something that I’ve always wanted to go into and that I’m very passionate about. I’m a very analytical person and I like talking to people – so business just seemed like a good fit for me. And I got very interested in this idea of working for international supply chains and it just really peaked my interest. The more I studied it and the more I shadowed people in the industry, the more it seemed like supply chain is my fit.”

Luis is working a summer internship with Arizona Public Service (APS) which he says could lead to a job after he graduates from ASU, “Right now I’m shadowing different professions that they have within the supply chain department to kind of get a feel of what I’m good at, where my strengths lie, and based on that they’re going to try and give me a position that they have open at the time that I graduate.”

Luis has some advice for middle and high school students considering college:

“Never be ashamed to ask for help. I believe that we live in a society where there is a focus on independence and doing things on your own, succeeding on your own. But I feel to succeed you have you work with your strengths and weaknesses and find out what your weaknesses are, and find people who are able to compliment you and also help you out. Reach out to people in the industry and kind of figure out what you want to do. Go out and kind of see what success looks like and don’t be limited to the mindset that you have right now. Go out there and discover what the world has to offer and what positions are out there. This can be especially helpful for kids in poor communities who may not know that their current circumstance and environment can change.”

Listen to the audio PodCast of Luis’ entire inteview

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