KRWG-TV News: C.A.M.P. Students Share their Work
KRWGnews on Jul 8, 2011. 07.15.11 (LAS CRUCES) — Several students with a migrant seasonal farmworker background recently shared their recent experiences with co-op, study abroad and research projects offered through C.A.M.P., which stands for college assistance migrant program at New Mexico State University.
Tony Bobadilla keeps busy… no matter what he’s doing.
“I’ve been doing a lot of rehabilitation services for the mentally ill, I’ve been doing a lot of behavior modifications services for children that are diagnosed as opposition or defiant,” said Bobadilla.
It’s hard to believe, but all that effort is part of Bobadilla’s school work as he plans for his future. Once he graduates, Bobadilla wants to pursue a career in therapy because his heart is all in social work.
“I’ve learned a lot, I’ve learned a lot of human behavior when I’ve learned a lot of diagnosis, a lot of how the medication helps the diagnosis, how it affects the person,” he said.
And all that learning was made possible through C.A.M.P., New Mexico State University’s College Assistance Migrant Program. It’s a federally funded project helping migrant or seasonal farm worker students attend college.
More than a dozen students created poster projects filled with activities and newly acquired skills they developed threw their own individual internships.
“It’s their opportunity to show the NMSU community about the work they’ve done about the experiences they had outside the university and it’s to help us make others understand what our program is all about and how we support our students in endeavors such as this,” said Michelle Montoya, program director.
The C.A.M.P. poster expo highlights months of research and allows students to share their interests with not just other students, but also the entire community.
Pamela Prieto is a junior at NMSU. She was born in Mexico and never thought she would be this close to receiving a college diploma. Prieto says she runs into many challenges, but none she can’t handle.
“It is a challenge, like everyday terms they say, like myself in accounting, they sometimes say terms that I don’t know, so I have to go to the dictionary and then translate for me to understand,” said Prieto.
Returning from an internship in Spain gives Prieto the advantage over other applicants seeking work. She says employers are usually impressed by the amount of experience a student picks up through programs outside of the classroom.
“Employers who have looked at my resume they tell me it’s a great experience, they prefer students that are also involved in other things not just focused on their academics,” she said.
Reported by Carlos Correa.