1/1/2009 Oregon Opportunity Grant Profile: Pedro Nunez
From the age of 5 when Pedro Nunez moved to the United States he knew that college was for him. He understood if he went to college he would be able to achieve things not possible in Mexico.
“The reason that we came to the United States was to better ourselves and I feel that the best way that I can succeed is to go to college,” said Nunez.
By the time he was in high school, he dreamed of following in his sister's footsteps and attending Linfield College. That dream came true thanks to an Oregon Opportunity Grant and other scholarships he received.
Nunez was no stranger to Linfield, having participated in the Upward Bound program while in high school. “I had been around Linfield and I love the campus,” the 21-year-old senior said. “I have always felt at home at Linfield.”
Nunez knew he wanted to major in accounting after taking a class in high school. His sister, Carmen ’05, who also majored in accounting, raved about the program and the professors. And, he quickly learned she was right. His professors have been supportive, both academically and personally, offering advice and even helping him secure a work-study position in Linfield's accounting office, where Nunez was able to put what he was learning into practice.
“You learn it in a text book, you read it and understand it, but being able to do it hands- on reaffirmed that this is what I want to do,” he said.
Nunez is active as a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and volunteers throughout the community and has served as a mentor to elementary and middle school students.