Mike Martin and Marcio Curi
When Mike Martin began his studies at SFCC, he mostly kept to himself. That dramatically changed
after he became friends with three International students who frequented the Multicultural Center.
With their encouragement, he signed up as an International Peer Mentor, assisting students from other
countries to learn about – and cope with – the United States culture.
Mike’s friendship with Marcio Curi, who is a native of Brazil, has benefited them both. Mike
became so interested in the Brazilian culture that he is taking Spanish classes and plans to travel
there, perhaps through a study abroad program. Marcio, a whiz at computer programs, assists Mike
with Excel skills needed for his accounting studies.
Language and culture can be significant barriers for International Students for whom English is
their second language. Marcio was grateful that Mike accompanied him on an excursion to local
automotive dealers to buy a car. Both are convinced their friendship will extend beyond their days
Mike attributes a great deal of his success in school – seven consecutive quarters on the
Presidential Honor Roll – to support and encouragement from the Multicultural Center. With their
assistance, he has applied for and received three scholarships that will continue with him when he
transfers to a four-year university.
“The United States is the land of opportunity,” he emphatically states. “But it’s up to you to
persist and keep asking until you get what you need!”