SAU alum working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Growing up in Venezuela, Joze Moreno Pelayo always wanted to study abroad, and as his country slid into political turmoil and economic disarray in 2011, he knew that it was time to leave. Corruption and massive economic inflation had made it difficult for everyday citizens to make ends meet, and Pelayo had big dreams.
“When I realized that even if I finished college it would be impossible to afford a car, I knew something was wrong,” he says. “Things were getting so expensive; I knew I was not going to accomplish my goals there. I didn’t see any future, so I just left.”
Pelayo applied and was accepted to Southern Arkansas University as a political science major, and with some help from his family and some scholarships, he made his way through his undergraduate studies. Toward the end of his senior year, however, the political situation back home grew worse. (more…)