La Biblioteca Accomplishing Its Commitments
By Sandra Ríos
Alejandrina Méndez Martínez recently had the opportunity to graduate with a public accounting degree, thanks to La Biblioteca. She was awarded a scholarship as one of the many supports that La Biblioteca continually provides young entrepreneurs like her. Alejandrina, born in San Miguel de Allende, tells us that after high school at the UDL (University of León) she went to the library to apply for a scholarship to continue with higher studies. She presented the papers and filled out an application where household expenditures, housing conditions, and income received by the family were stipulated; after a few months she received a response from the library that she would be initially supported with 3,000 pesos every six months, and then in the second half of her degree that would be increased to 4,000 pesos of scholarship. Alejandrina renewed the scholarship every year and presented her qualifications during the four years and eight months she studied, coming out with a final average of 9.8.
Sandra Ríos: If the library had not given this grant, what would you have done?
Alejandrina Méndez Martínez: I think I would have had to find a job to continue studies.
SR: What are your plans now that you finished the degree in accounting?
AMM: I help my mom’s business; she is also an accountant and already I’m starting to carry some accounts on my own and starting to collect some money. But I would like to go to work in a big company, perhaps in a restaurant. I also started a family business with my sister, a tiny restaurant in my grandmother’s house in the center of San Miguel.
SR: How were your studies in the UDL?
AMM: I like the school, I think it has very good teachers, but I also studied high school and half of the degree; was a bit boring. But it also helps that there is little time to attend classes as it is only from 7am to 10am.
SR: What did they say in the library when you graduated?
AMM: They sent me a congratulatory message and said I finished very well as a professional and that perhaps one day I could support them in some way. I’d like to offer my support of the library; for example, with the summer courses in math or math remedial courses for primary. I think that can I support them more in that area.
SR: Anything else you wanted to add?
AMM: I am grateful for the support. It helped me a lot because my mom is the only one who contributes to the family income as my brothers and I were both in college, and it was very difficult for her. The scholarship also allowed me to be more focused on my studies and not worry so much about getting economic resources.