Student Spotlight: Alberto Argumedo
'Religious liberty' sets UM schools apart
Paine College junior Alberto Argumedo learned about United Methodist-related colleges while attending Lydia Patterson Institute, a United Methodist high school in El Paso, Texas.
Now a math major at the historically Black college in Augusta, Ga., Argumedo hopes to become a mechanical engineer. He credits the college with "enhancing my motivation, critical thinking and analytical skills that today's world leaders possess," he said. He expects to use the skills when seeking a job.
As a Lina McCord ambassador for the Black College Fund, Argumedo has told several annual conferences "my experience at a United Methodist school is truly a blessing for me because it connects the religious area to the academic life that young people all across the country are experiencing today."
Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, in Mexico, Argumedo is a member of Paine College Chapel and of the Wesley Fellowship, where he helps lead chapel services and Bible studies.
Through the Wesley Fellowship, he promoted Nothing but Nets (predecessor to Imagine No Malaria) and Stop Hunger Now campaigns and marched to raise awareness of the importance of voting.
Participating in Wesley Fellowship projects motivates him "to reach out to those who are not so privileged," he said. "The sense of religious liberty that you can experience in a United Methodist-related school is unique and is what sets them apart from other schools."
Academically, Argumedo has been part of an honors seminar at Paine and served as a moderator and research presenter at the National Collegiate Honors Council. He is a math tutor and is training to become a certified tutor. He is also coordinator of events of the Honor Club and vice president of the French Club.
Attending a United Methodist-related school has strengthened his faith, Argumedo said, as it has allowed him to share his faith with classmates and "commit fully to the church."
"When I first got to Paine, I was feeling homesick and alone and felt as if God was somehow away from me," he said. His Spanish professor then shared his own story of leaving home in rural Mexico to come to the United States "where he made his way to a better [life] by putting his trust in God. It was then that I realized God was planning something special for me, too."
Heather Peck Stahl