When Karen came to the United States from Columbia, she knew that to succeed and understand this new culture she needed to learn the language. Karen quickly progressed through English and college transition programs at El Centro del Cardinal and in 2020 she completed her second year of courses at Bunker Hill Community College. She was also admitted into the Phi Betta Kappa Society, the oldest academic honor society in the United States. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Karen, making it impossible for her to visit her home country and say goodbye to a relative that passed away due to COVID-19, Karen continued with her courses and did her best to stay in touch with family and friends. Karen is determined to take every opportunity to realize her dream of becoming a health care professional. She is currently working towards her Associates degree and plans to continue her education to become a Physician’s Assistant.