Javier, Puerto Rico

My name is Javier J. Cabán Lorenzo. I am from Aguada, Puerto Rico. There, I studied a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.  Once I was graduated, I needed to improve my English in order to achieve my goals, so I decided to move to the United States.  Finally, in the city of Newark, in Rutgers University, I found PALS, and I came to decision to enroll in the program in August of 2011. 

In PALS I studied the Basic level to High Advanced. That was my first experience overseas. Clearly, it is natural when something is new, I was scared and I was unsure of myself, but the PALS’ teachers, the students and the personnel of the Rutgers University helped me to overcome my fears.  Something that I really never forget was my first day of class. I was so nervous because, I did not speak English yet, so I was thinking about how I was going to introduce myself in front of other students. Finally, when I got to the classroom, I realized that all students were in same level than me, and I did not have anything to worry about.

Presently, I am studying in John Jay College of Criminal Justice a Master’s degree in Public Admiration in Public Policy and Administration. My plan is, once I get my degree, to go to the law school.

I highly recommend PALS because it helped me to organize my thoughts, focus on my goals and the most important thing, to believe in myself. PALS is not only about English class, it is a place that opened new doors for me and helped me to achieve new goals in my life.  I as a student could grew up as a professional because PALS gave the necessary tools to be successful and it is something that I will always be grateful.