10 Questions with Chruvenson

Chosen as a JiHM scholarship recipient in 2018, Chruvenson began a 4-year bachelors degree program in business management in November 2018 and will graduate this year.

Chruvenson has enjoyed college, where he says he felt welcomed from the very first day. He has excelled in his classes, not surprising anyone at Grace Emmanuel School, where he still holds the highest government exam score of any graduate.

One of 11 kids, Chruvenson will be the first person in his family to graduate from college. He plans to look for a job in management, and eventually would also like to earn his masters degree. “I hope to prosper and succeed in my professional life and in my family,” he said, “and reach a good place in society so I can help myself and my country.”

We caught up with this former class president and all-around nice guy to ask him some questions about his time at university.

1. Can you describe a normal day in university? 

I leave my house at 5:30 am and take a tap-tap to Port au Prince. I arrive before 8 am. I usually sit for 6 hours in class. I return to my house by 5 or 6 pm when there isn’t a traffic jam.

2. What classes are you taking right now?

I’m taking organizational behavior, professional ethics, financial analysis, production theories, Haitian taxation, and working on my senior thesis.

3. Have you had any specific professors who have made an impact on you?

Chruvenson at his university

Yes, Dean Dabady. He always teaches good classes and gives us great counsel. He always wants us to be serious about school and he treats us like his children. He’s a good man.

4. During your time in university, what have been the biggest difficulties?

One of the biggest difficulties has been finding the textbooks for my classes because some of them are only sold in the US. Other difficulties have been the instability of the country that makes it so I can’t go to school sometimes and when my laptop is broken.

5. Who in your life encourages you most when you are going through difficulties?

My dad, my mom, and myself, too, because I really want to succeed in my life.

6. What would you be doing if you hadn’t received the scholarship?

I would have driven a motorcycle or taught school to make money.

7. Do you have a verse or a Bible story that motivates you most?

Yes, Psalm 128:2, “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours” and John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

8. What do you like to do with your free time?

I like to read a lot, I listen to the news, I listen to music, I play soccer, and I talk with friends to encourage them to choose the good path of school and church.

9. If you could see lasting change for Haiti, what would it be?

Growing our agricultural capacities would bring enduring change to Haiti.

10. How can we pray for you?

Pray to God for me that He gives me health, lots of love for my neighbors, lots of good understanding and lots of means so I can serve the next generation.

We are cheering for you, Chruvenson!

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Kristi Bucher has served as Communications Manager for Jesus in Haiti Ministries since 2014. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, Nathan, and two kids. Kristi and Nathan lived in Haiti from 2012–2014.