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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2011 - People. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24519.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2011 - People. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24519

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 2011 - People, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed July 24, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24519.

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Title Houstonian 2011
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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Title People
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript FOLLOWING A DIFFERENT PATH By Lance Jaramillo Juan Contrera's dream was to one day become a professional soccer player, but injuries cut his dream short, and when he wasn't able to receive the appropriate medical care in his native Colombia he decided that one day he would provide the care he was denied to someone else. Now Contreras volunteers at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Department at the Houston Baptist University Wellness Center, to help those that might find themselves in the same position he once was in. The kinesiology senior now has a new dream of becoming a physical therapist to do for others what he couldn't afford for himself because of scarce resources when living in Colombia. His generosity is a product of his drive to heal others who are in the situation he found himself in years ago. "I was unable to afford a proper rehabilitation," he said. "A proper rehabilitation process is costly for a typical Latino family and I was not able to follow through for a full recovery. That's when I became interested in the field of physical therapy." It isn't just injury rehabilitation Contreras is interested in; he's also a volunteer for Bounce, an organization from UH that works a with preadolescent Hispanic and African American girls between the ages of 9-14. The program is aimed at empowering the girls and their parents to adopt a healthy lifestyle by educating them on better food choices, daily exercise and positive self-esteem. Contreras practices what he preaches in his time away from volunteering. He likes to stay active by reading and playing soccer or a guitar. "I believe learning something new every day is the key in becoming successful," he said. "A man can lose it all, but knowledge can never be taken away." For Contreras, it wouldn't be right if everything went according to plan. He's had to balance a difficult task of funding his entire education by himself with keeping up his grades to ensure he can continue on his path. "I believe financing my studies has been the greatest difficulty," Contreras said. "Not only because it is expensive, but because I've financed my entire career myself. As a freshman to a senior in college I have worked multiple jobs to afford my tuition." It's of no surprise that Contreras leans on the people who have inspired and encouraged him along the way. Above everyone else, he singles out his mother for being someone he can turn to when times get difficult. "Although it hasn't been easy," Contreras said. "Without her support I would not have been able to make it this far. "I am grateful for the experiences I lived as a child in Colombia, where struggles and poverty are not a recession but a way of life," he said. "The sacrifices my family and I have made are what drives me to become an outstanding professional and be able to help others that are not as fortunate." Photo by Pauline Alderete [148] Inside the Pride.