I am Joao Washington Bezerra, and I am originally from Brazil. All my life, I was taught to be involved and help people. In Brazil, I served as a volunteer at a school in a poor community. This experience gave me satisfaction to be able to contribute to the education of students who were less fortunate than I. I knew that I wanted a career where I could help people, and I wanted to pursue my education to do this. I knew that the language barrier would be a challenge, but I also knew that it would be worth the hard work.
I have learned many valuable tools at Blue Ridge to help me throughout my life. At Blue Ridge Community College I attended ESL classes, worked to obtain my GED, and then began college courses, all while working my job. Understanding English is still difficult at times, but I do not settle for anything less than my best. I have become a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and the National Society of Leadership and Success, of which I am now President. After attending Blue Ridge, I plan to become a physical therapist. I will always be grateful for my Blue Ridge Community College experience.