High School Days:
Throughout high school I was associated in playing most sports that I could possibly squeeze in. Of course golf was my absolute favorite sport. I have learned valuable life lessons with thanks to the game; from having patience and relaxing under pressure, having confidence in the next task, the ability to pace myself, and most important-Integrity.
My favorite subjects through high school were mathematics and physics and art. Along with being good with numbers, I felt as though these were difficult subjects, but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge to perfect them. I was able to maintain primarily A's on my progress reports..
Outside of school I was a video gamer. Intrigued with how the design was done, how the game was constructed, and how all the parts fit together has continuously crossed my mind and still does to this day. I was always involved in extracurricular activities but 9 times out of 10, I was doing arts and crafts and model making.
I attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College in the Fall of 2007 mainly focusing on courses that I knew were going to be standard prerequisites for future courses. I decided to take a computer programming for Java and C++ and SolidWorks CAD course. Not to my surprise, there were my favorite and most understood courses. I managed to get an A in both courses where other subjects were not so fortunate. This is when I knew that I wanted to be a designer. I spent a total total of two years at CGCC and realized that there were no Associates degree linked to the "art" side of things and the credits I have received for CAD and computer programming were non-transferable to ASU.
I was lost at this point and decided to work full time at the golf course, making minimum wage with a 3am-11am schedule with no weekends. I needed to think about what I was going to do with my life. I felt like options were limited and after seeing how much money my sibling was paying for college tuition, I felt like I was at a dead end. The next step in my life was the most crucial decision I will have ever made to this day.
Changing My Path:
In 2011 I decided to do something different with my life. My parents and siblings were all in the educational field and wanted me to give it a shot. I was the one that told them I wanted to be different in the family.
I got off the bus and planted my feet on the yellow footprints on my first night of Marine Corps Boot Camp at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD), San Diego, California in May of 2012 at the age of 24. The next 13 weeks were the most intense weeks of my life. I spent 5 years active duty as an Intelligence Specialist Sergeant of the All-Source Fusion Platoon ironically enough, training upwards to 40 younger marines how to create reports and presentations for the Colonels and Generals. The list goes on and on with education and experience that you can find in my resume.
I married my amazing wife in 2014 and was able to afford a home in 2015. I was living geographically-separated from my wife for the next two and a half years while I was stationed at Camp Pendleton. I knew that I was going to pursue design by 2015 and was setting up my foundation at home in Mesa, AZ so that I could focus all my efforts on Industrial Design without worrying about somewhere to live.
Design in my Sights:
Six months left of the military left and I was fully prepared to achieve my lifelong goal. I had applied to ASU the first day possible for the 2017 Fall semester, and was ready to make being a designer a reality. I began school and immediately was addicted to Industrial Design. Although drawing in not my strongest suit, when it came to CAD and hand modeling, it was game over. I am able to pick up on and learn these new things quickly, which explains my early college year grades in programming and CAD.
I am currently in my Junior year at ASU and continue to grow in all aspects of Industrial Design and look to further improve myself.