A recipient of the Esteemed Business Student Scholarship, Loren Pajares overcame a challenging upbringing to pursue her dream of a career in business. She decided to attend the University of Colorado Denver Business School despite competitive offers from other top schools around the country.
Loren was born in Peru and moved to the U.S. at the age of nine. After spending the family savings to enter the U.S., Loren and her mother were separated from her brother and father for the first six months. With minimum wage jobs, Loren and her family struggled to build a new life in America.
Loren wrestled with adapting to a new lifestyle, language, and culture. In school, she was placed in a traditional classroom that offered no additional resources for English language learners to help her succeed in her studies. “I went through a really hard time adjusting to my new school and learning the language,” she said. “That experience made me struggle emotionally.”
Her experiences influenced her decision to pursue business as a career. Loren explained, “Coming from a still developing country with a struggling economy made me want to pursue a higher level education in a field that would provide me with powerful knowledge and skills.” Loren’s dream is not for her personal success but for the ability to “positively influence the future outlook and opportunities of the country and abroad, as well as the wellbeing of [her] community.”
Today, Loren praises the rich education and opportunities at the Business School. Through valuable mentorship and career counseling, she has built a strong resume and secured an internship to facilitate her career. She is focusing on successfully completing her remaining courses but already has her eyes on earning an MBA.
Loren credits her scholarship with the freedom from stress associated with the cost of higher education. “Being able to pursue a career without putting any additional financial burden onto my family was of extreme importance to me, especially because of all the struggles and sacrifices my parents have already endured in order to provide me with this opportunity,” she said.
After graduation, Loren hopes to invest in future business leaders by inspiring Business School students to seize their own opportunities for success.
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