Durham high senior Eric Mojica has had a little more homework than usual lately. Besides studying, this 18-yr-old has been learning what it means to be a citizen of the United States.
Those dreams became a reality on Monday, December 3rd, as Mojica and his younger brother repeated the oath of allegiance at the State Capitol.
"I got my certificate and at the end it was nice, we got a message from Obama congratulating us on becoming American citizens, I mean that feels good," said Mojica.
Originally from Mexico, Mojica and his family moved to Durham prior to his freshman year of high school. At first, he says he had trouble communicating with people, but the game of soccer made it easier.
"It was completely different, I didn't know the language, had to learn a new language, and I think soccer been good because it makes me feel better in this country, make more friends, learn more stuff every day, like I said soccer is everything to me," said Mojica.
As it turns out, Mojica means everything to Durham soccer. The captain made varsity as a freshman and he's played great ever since. Last season, he led to the Trojans to the Division 3 section title, and in just two games so far this season, Mojica has 2 goals and 4 assists.
"We're like a family, altogether we help each other and I feel like it's going to be a good season and we're going to repeat the championship," said Mojica.
Off the field, Mojica has become much better at speaking English over the years. In fact, he says it's become his favorite subject in school. He's also good in other areas, as evidenced by his 3.6 GPA.
Next year he wants to attend Chico State and stay close to home, so he can help his parents raise his 3 younger brothers.
"Right now my big goal is to make it to Chico State so I'm working hard for it and hopefully it becomes true," said Mojica.
With his work ethi and ability to set out and achieve goals, Mojica can do anything he sets his mind too. Eric Mojica is our latest Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.