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Student Learns the Value of Hard Work

Saturday, January 4, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Patrick DavisPatrick Davis has learned the value of hard work and volunteerism the hard way.

Growing up in Harlingen, there were nights when Davis didn't have a place to spend the night. He slept in parks or anywhere he could find a warm bed.

Now 22 years old, Davis is a student at Texas State Technical College and the father of three-year old Misael.

Davis has come a long way from his "misguided" youth. From practically leading a vagabond life filled with drug use to caring for his son and the community around him, Davis' transformation isn't anything short of astounding.

Davis frequently helps the Service Squad, a volunteer group at TSTC, in the various projects the group is undertaking at the moment. From helping Harlingen Proud beautify the city to helping build homes through Habitat for Humanity, Davis is a regular on the volunteer circuit.

"Growing up there were many nights I slept in parks," Davis said. "If I could help build a home for someone through Habitat and give someone a chance to have a home, that's what I'm going to do."

Davis is in his third semester at TSTC in the Computer System Management Technology program. Davis said he's been "interested" in computers since the age of 12 and recently decided he wanted to make a career of it.

"I wanted to be a surgeon but I couldn't do it," Davis said. "I have neurological tremors and my hands shake so I couldn't be a surgeon. But I still wanted to do something technical. I decided to make a career out of computers instead of just a hobby. I always fixed computers but no one wants to pay you unless you're certified."

As a byproduct of his younger days, Davis dropped out of high school. After several expulsions, Davis said he just stopped going to school."

But when he found out he was going to be a father, he knew he had to turn his life around and make things right.

Davis earned his GED from TSTC in 2008. When his son was old enough for daycare, Davis said he enrolled at TSTC to earn his college degree.

"I was messing up my life and I didn't want to do that anymore," Davis said. "I stopped doing drugs and I decided to become a productive member of society."

Once on campus, he discovered the opportunity to volunteer and hasn't looked back.

"It's a great chance to go out and meet people on campus and in the community, Davis said. "If we're not going to lend a hand and help our community become a better place, our kids are going to suffer. I have a kid now and I want what's best for him. So what better way to spend my time than to help make our community a better place for him."

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