Guillermo Mogollon

Guillermo Mogollon

First-Year Council (2021-2022)
Guillermo Mogollon

My name is Guillermo Mogollon, I live in Thayer and I plan to study engineering management. I am a big sports person and also did a lot of theatre in high school. I am an international student from Venezuela, a beautiful country with beautiful people which has however deteriorated into a terrible crisis leaving the country amongst the poorest in the world; something that seems unbelievable given the mass natural riches Venezuela has. Being part of an international school and in a position of relative privilege in Venezuela, I felt it to be my mission to play my part in alleviating the condition of other Venezuelans suffering. This led me to become part of many charity initiatives each with their own value and importance, some of which I will mention: I taught English lessons through a program developed by my school, to children of Venezuela's biggest barrio, Petare. I engaged with different orphanages by helping raise funds and also providing activity days for children from my school to share with these children in fun activity days. I was a volunteer for TECHO, an international NGO that works building homes and sustainable food gardens in rural Venezuelan communities. Perhaps my most prominent service work was a summer volunteer work experience with Alimenta la Solidaridad charity in a campaign to gather nutritional and socioeconomic data of the children fed by the charity's 50 or so food halls around Petare, I enjoyed this work to the point me and my fellow volunteers remained working with the charity beyond the summer. All of this I did not only due out of this responsibility I felt but also merely because of how much I enjoyed engaging with these people that shared my nationality yet had such a different background and situation. It was not all enjoyment of course. To see people in such precarious conditions would lead me to feel great sadness, some of the work was physically and emotionally exhausting and sometimes I wondered how much my contribution helped. With reflection I concluded that it was enough to know that the people I worked with valued what I did. The mere fact they engaged with me and the charity organizations meant that they had hope that their situation could improve and so I wanted to be part of that improvement. 

First-Year Council