We have an amazing update from Priscilla, who you may be familiar from the compelling video below! This video tells the story of Priscilla and her mentor, Sarah. Together, through mentorship and tutoring, they were able to address some of the major barriers that Priscilla faced as a refugee to Utah. You won’t be surprised, after watching her video, that Priscilla has gone on to achieve more of her goals. We are so proud that she has worked so hard to realize her dreams, and know that the power of mentorship can change lives! Watch the video and then read her update!

Priscilla's Story

by Priscilla Par
Guest Blogger

I am Priscilla Par, a refugee from Burma (Myanmar). I became a U.S citizen on January 21, 2016 – the day before my birthday. It was one of the most wonderful days ever. I am so honored and proud to be a U.S. citizen. My (American) grandparents, their son and his wife, grandson, and Sarah Hiza (my mentor) attended the ceremony. They have supported me for the past three years. I love them so very much!

Currently, I am attending Vincennes Aviation Technology Center (ATC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. I will graduate with my associate’s degree and Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license in May 2016. I will continue on to flight school in fall 2016 at ATC and will get my bachelor’s degree in 2018. My ultimate goal is to become a commercial pilot. I know that it will not be easy for me, especially because English is my second language, but I will never give up on my dream. To be able to pay for my needs and supplies, I work 20-25 hours a week at a local bowling alley.

My relationship with Sarah Hiza, my mentor, is getting stronger and stronger even though we live in different states. She has supported me for over five years since she first was a tutor for me. She is one of the kindest people I have ever known. I would not be where I am now without Sarah. I was like a lost sheep before I met Sarah, but she motivated and guided me to where I am today. We need more people like Sarah in our community to help people in need.

Sarah and Priscilla

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