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Written by: Marilyn Centeno, Marketing graduate from KU Nicaragua

I never understood why adults always pointed out that “college is the best stage of life”. Five years later, as a college graduate, I finally learned why. In college, you define yourself, your career, and your future. Fortunately, during my journey at KU, I could define all of these.

Throughout this path, I developed new skills and abilities that have enhanced me as a human being. Working in groups, speaking in public, being independent, helping people in need and standing up for what I believe in, were the main situations that prepared me for real life.

The first year at college can be difficulty if you’re not sure what to study. I eventually decided to study marketing, which is an exciting and rewarding career. In my program, I’ve learned that you need to have a combination of personality traits to become successful and I believe that all of my professors at KU taught me this. Thanks to them, I discovered the passion for my career, and the incredible job opportunities that exist in the marketing world.

As a junior student, I got the opportunity to start working at the KU Latin American campus’ Language Institute. This is an experience that has filled me with knowledge and skills. Moreover, thanks to KU, and its Career Services Office, I got the opportunity to start working at INCAE Business School two days after my graduation. This is an opportunity that will open many doors as I continue in my professional life.

All of this experience could not be possible without the blessing of God that allowed me to study in an American University. My parents, Maricela and Marvin, gave me all the support in order to persevere through the adversities. A special person I got to meet, Father Robert, guided me spiritually. With courage and patience, I was able to achieve my goals. This is just the beginning of my career, and I can’t wait to see where this path takes me.

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