The Newwave Foundation team is headed back to school! This week, we’re introducing you to Maynor Aguilar, who is getting ready to kick-off his first semester at the Community College of Baltimore County! Maynor is one of our Newwave Foundation CollegeBound Scholars and we’re excited to share his story with you.

NWF: Hi Maynor, it’s great to talk with you! Can you share a little bit about how you’ve been handling quarantine?

Maynor: Quarantine has been hard for me. I live with kids and my family likes to be outside. For us, being inside all the time is not easy. For me, in the summer I like to go to the community, or get outside with internships, I like to help my community. So being stuck at home is hard. I want to be outside and help others. I know it’s a new experience and I have to keep going. I won’t let anything stop me from being happy or learning.

NWF: How was your last semester of high school? What was your graduation process like this year?

Maynor: I’ve never experienced e-learning before and It was a difficult experience. I learned online classes were not for me at the beginning but then I told myself, I have to have the full experience, try to learn, and be myself. So I started working hard, stopped procrastinating and worked hard. So now, I feel like it’s a new experience. I really wanted to see all my friends at graduation, so that was hard, but we still text each other.

NWF: It sounds like you have a great mindset! Can you tell us about what you’ll be studying at college this year?

Maynor: I’m really excited about college because I know its going to be a new experience. I want to focus on engineering and be an automotive technician. I know its going to be difficult, because I’m an English learner. But, I’m excited to get to know new teachers, students, and engineering classes. I also want to minor in something like computer science or technology.

NWF: What are you looking forward to most about school? Do you think you’ll join any clubs?

Maynor: I know things will be different this year, but I’m happy they opened the campus. I asked a lot of people what they recommend to do in college. I’ve been in so many clubs so I feel like that’s the best part. Being a part of a club or team, or even an engineering club!

NWF: Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Maynor! We wish you the best at CCBC!

Interested in sharing your story with us? We’d love to connect! Visit our volunteer page or email us at info@newwave-foundation.org and a team member will be in touch!