Machuca Educational Fund
Organized by: Anne Uhlfelder
An Update from Edgar Machuca, Jr. - Thank you for all of your support - I'm doing well in college and am looking forward to my career in criminal justice
February 05, 2018
In September of 2014, Edgar Machuca Jr. (senior at Aspen High School) and Genesis Machuca (second grader at Aspen Elementary School) lost their father to a tragic accident. Edgar Machuca Sr. was a hardworking, devoted father who deeply valued his children’s education. He had a dream that someday they would attend college. Edgar Jr. is currently planning to attend Colorado Mesa University, in Grand Junction, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. Edgar is a motivated student/athlete. Please join us to make this reachable dream a reality by donating to the Machuca Educational Fund.
En septiembre de 2014, el padre de Edgar Machuca Jr. (senior en Aspen High School) y Génesis Machuca (segundo grado en la Escuela Primaria de Aspen) falleció de un trágico accidente. Edgar Machuca Sr. era un padre trabajador, un hombre dedicado, que valoraba profundamente la educación de sus hijos. Tenía el sueño que algún día sus hijos asistirarán a la universidad. Edgar Jr. tiene la intención de asistir a la Universidad de Colorado Mesa, en Grand Junction, para perseguir una Licenciatura en Ciencias en la Justicia Criminal. Edgar es un estudiante motivado, también es un atleta. Favor de ayudarnos hacer este sueño realidad por hacer una donación al Fondo para la Educación Machuca.
February 2018 - An update from Edgar Machuca, Jr.
My freshman year at Colorado Mesa University was great. I made good friends, enjoyed my on-campus experience, and worked with excellent teachers. I’ll never forget my freshman year. Going into my sophomore year I was really anxious to get into my classes and finally go more in depth into my major which is still Criminal Justice P.O.S.T (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Academy. My first semester this year went well, and was all I had built it up to be. I’m currently in the second semester of my sophomore year.
This past fall, I took a class called the Policing Process. It was one of my best classes. It opened my eyes to what I’m getting into for my career. It’s really interesting knowing the history, the stories, and the everyday life of a police officer and what I can expect as a future police officer. I also had a class called Corrections. In Corrections they teach the students what a probation/parole officer can expect in our prison and jail systems. I gained a new perspective in this intriguing class know it will be beneficial for my future.
Having had these classes I'm now even more hyped up for my career. The Police Academy is just that much closer and it is my biggest goal to accomplish. When I leave Mesa University I’ll have certification as a police officer anywhere of my choosing. I'm looking forward to my future and accomplishing my father’s dream of me becoming somebody in this world. I know I have the potential to reach my goals and that is the example I want to leave for my sister when it is her turn to follow her dreams. For me, college is this important step in my life to allow me to begin my career. I know that when it’s my sister’s time to figure out what she does in her life I’ll be there for her in whatever she wants.
I have a mother back home who is proud of me for going to college and following my dreams. She is my life coach, my teacher, and of course, my best friend. I couldn't do this without her. By being in college I'm doing this for my sister and my mother.
I also couldn't have come so far without the help of everyone who has been there for me in me in my years of education whether it was elementary, middle, or high school. I thank each and every single one of you, including the generous donors who have helped me continue my college education. I appreciate it every day I’m here in college.
For the following years here in Mesa I will be taking more classes in the criminal justice realm and possibly either double major or take a minor in EMT paramedics. I realize that my duty is to give back to the community and society. That includes helping people, saving lives, and making a difference in the world. That is something that I look forward to and that is who I aspire to be.
Thank you again for supporting me.