Salome joined The School of St Jude in 2006 with a dream of helping her family and community break the cycle of poverty. She has studied hard and progressed to secondary and then higher education.
“I joined St Jude's in 2006, completed primary school and then my four years of O Level education. I graduated from two years of A Level education in 2018,” Salome explains.
“After doing the Community Service Year from 2018 to 2019, with the help of Beyond St Jude’s, I pursued higher education for three years and I graduated this year with a Bachelor of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management,” she adds.
Salome’s journey with St Jude's isn't over yet. Now, she's back, helping out the Community Relations team as an intern.
“Currently, I am working as a Data Clerk. In my role, I update the student database with their current information. In addition, I make sure our data is accurate at all times and also convert all information to an electronic format," says Salome.
“One of the things that inspire me most about working at St Jude's is the opportunity to give back to an institution that has given me so much during my academic journey. Also, I would like to encourage, motivate, and inspire young students to follow their dreams,” she adds.
Salome is one of many St Jude's alumni who return to the school after graduation to complete an internship. Her goal is to gain experience that will enable her to utilise the knowledge in the future.
“Though I majored in procurement, which is completely different from what I am doing at the moment, I am enjoying my work and am looking forward to learning new skills and knowledge that I can put to use in the future, and hopefully be able to work in both fields,” she adds.
“St Jude’s has transformed my life in in a big way. With the generous support from the school as well as sponsors and donors, I can now stand firm as an educated young woman in my community,” Salome says.
Now, as the year comes to a close, it is tradition for students to send letters, postcards, and Christmas greetings to sponsors and donors.
"I loved writing letters to my sponsors, Bill, Cheryl and Anne during my time in school and university, and I will forever cherish those moments,” Salome recalls.
“Now that I’ve completed my scholarship with St Jude’s, I would still love to send my season’s greeting to all the sponsors, donors and supporters of the school and thank them for their generous support. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!” she adds.