My name is Keny Covarrubias and I’ll be part of the CHSU College of Pharmacy class of 2020. I was born in the US, but I was raised in Mexico. I come from a low-middle class family where both my parents have to work, so education was always emphasized as the first step to a better life. I decided to come to the US to study because I saw that there were better opportunities here. Like I said, I come from a low class family in Mexico where a foreign education was not an option unless I was going to start working, so we just kind of saw an opportunity here, and I decided to reach for it. I graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in chemistry, and I decided to go for pharmacy because it’s a field that combines two things that I’m really passionate about -which is health and chemistry. Since my parents cannot can help me with tuition or the financial expenses related to school, having- having received a scholarship is really a godsend. gift because now I’m going to be able to focus more on my school and not just have to focus on finding a job or finding how I’m going to afford it really. And one of the principles that my parents really try to instill me was to always help each other – help others, so if you’re in a position to help others, you should do it. You must do it. It’s almost an obligation For that reason it has always been my goal to get an opposition- get to a position where I could help the community. Where I could not just help my family, but help those around me. And now that I receive their scholarship it’s even more- it’s more imminent that I have to do it because if I’m blessed with that, I have to give back and I have to pay for it. When I heard that there was a research project trying to find a link between pest exposure and breast and prostate cancer, I was been really taken back because most of my family work in the fields. So if there’s anything in there that is harming them, I wanted to know more about it and I want to be able to inform them. I want to become a pharmacist that is active in the community. I want to be an advocate for help and try to connect really connect and get involved with a diverse community that have here in Fresno. I think that’s- with my background, I kind of have an advantage because I’m able to not just really relate to the culture but I also know kind of, how to work with them. So I think that would be an asset when I’m trying to make sure that they have access to health care or they have the information that they need to live a healthy life. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have donated money to the scholarships because from my position I wouldn’t- I wouldn’t- I wouldn’t have been able to afford coming to this college. Maybe afford getting into any graduate school really and because of this scholarship that I received, now I know that it’s a possibility. Not only a possibility, but it’s a reality now.