Calvary Zender, studying Linguistics and Japanese, is a JustJobs Scholarship finalist

calvary zender_2My desired profession was staring at me in the face throughout all of high school, but I did not realize it until my junior year. I took French all through high school, putting little effort forth and yet I received grades better than those who worked for the class. By the time I woke up academically and realized the importance of learning for my future, I was nearly fluent in French. This inspired me, and driven by my newly recognized skill at learning language, as well as encouragement by my peers, I marched forth, taking a Spanish class as well. Yet that was not enough, there were too many similarities in the romance languages; they were too easy. My senior year I took German with my Spanish and French classes and, going out on a limb, I took a Japanese class. I was enamored by Japanese. By the time I received my diploma, I was a multilingual ‘A’ student excited to learn everything Linguistics and Foreign Languages had to offer me, and I decided I would start with Japanese.

To my discontent, I foud that UNM did not yet offer a Japanese major, only a minor. I therefore went straight to Linguistics, taking Japanese classes on the side as my foreign language. I soon helped found a Japanese study group which would eventually become the UNM Japanese club. This club not only celebrates Japanese culture, but also aids Japanese learners so prominently that it gained the attention of the staff and eventually the University itself. Thus, a Japanese major is arriving for Fall 2013, and I may be able to achieve my goal of becoming a foreign relations translator if I can continue to pay for my books. I can still see myself translating a document for a US policymaker or shaking the hand of Naoto Kan, the Japanese Prime Minister as I smile and bow.

I can see myself aiding those outside of the US who need a court translator, and would otherwise not receive a proper hearing. All I wish to do is aid others in their endeavors, small or great, which is why obtaining degrees in Japanese and Linguistics means the world to me.

We are proud to announce Calvary Zender is one of the current JustJobs Scholarship finalists. Vote for his essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • Rose Fragua

    I have known Calvary for six years and I am honored to call him my friend. He is truly an inspiration to all who know him. Calvary is one of the brightest individuals I know and his compassion for others is just one of his many admirable qualities. I fully believe Calvary deserves this scholarship.

  • Gloria Martinez

    I am impressed with Calvary’s humility, which I believe will take him far. He has been given the capacity to make in difference in the lives he touches. Calvary is thoughtful and kind and I believe he will accomplish much in his life time and so enjoy doing so.

  • Lucy Birkhead

    I have known Calvary since we were about 9 years old, and can vouch that he is one of the most intelligent and eloquent people I have had the pleasure of knowing and growing up with. He has so much ambition, to the point that much of what he knows was self-taught and witnessed by myself and his siblings at our many walks to and from the local libraries. If anybody deserves this scholarship in the world, it’s Calvary!

  • Toby Chiu

    Calvary and I went to Middle School together. He was, and is still, a great individual with much intellect. We spent much freetime together playing chess and solving math puzzles. His critical thinking abilities allowed him to excel in both. Calvary has a vast potential and I know the scholarship will help him to greatly expand and further develop his passion and knowledge of Linguistics. I wish him the best of luck!

  • Calvary Zender

    I would like to dedicate this essay to Kathleen and Danny, the president and retired president of the UNM Japanese club. Without their hard work and dedication, the UNM Japanese Club would not have become so influential.

  • marvinlauren

    I have known Calvary Zender for approximately two years and he is the happiest when he is helping others. He loves to volunteer and has tutored many people throughout the years in a wide range of subjects. He loves to speak Japanese and explain linguistics. Next summer he wants to go to Japan and teach English and this scholarship will aide him in his endeavors.