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Striving for success - Yarisbel Segura's journey to graduation

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Although Yarisbel Segura was not born in Michigan, it did not stop her from graduating nor making friends.
After mastering two languages, Yarisbel Segura sets her sights on the medical field while attending GVSU.

After mastering two languages, Yarisbel Segura sets her sights on the medical field while attending GVSU. /Believe 2 Become

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“I’m completely bilingual already. Now I’m working on being trilingual.”

Yarisbel “Jadee” Segura makes everything look easy. She’s a track star, softball contender and volleyball standout. She speaks perfect English and perfect Spanish without a trace of an accent in either language. She is an excellent student who plans to major in biomedical science in college. And she’s working to become proficient in French.

But it hasn’t always been easy. Jadee was just seven years old when her family moved to West Michigan from Puerto Rico. “At first I didn’t want to be here,” she says. “I didn’t know anyone. And it was hard at first to make friends.” Today, she has a lot of friends, all from sports. And her future looks very bright.

Jadee plans to attend GVSU in the fall. “I’m going to be pre-med,” she says. “I’d like to be a family physician maybe, or a surgeon. Surgery looks like it could be fun.”

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