(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Daniel Rodriguez, 21, is a Computer Maintenance Technology student at Texas State Technical College and maintains a 3.7 grade-point average.
The Harlingen native already holds an associate degree from TSTC in Computer Networking and Security Technology, which he earned in Spring 2018.
Rodriguez volunteers at the Harlingen Public Library for the children/teen department because he hopes to be a role model for those younger than him.
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate I hope to work for the city of Harlingen or the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District as a computer technician.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job is to work as a computer or network technician and expand and enhance the Rio Grande Valley’s networking infrastructure.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
My greatest accomplishments are my first associate degree and becoming a college graduate, maintaining my GPA and making it on the dean’s list for my grades and also earning a President’s Volunteer Service Award for my hours of community service.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
The greatest lesson I have learned is to have patience and perseverance. Don’t let self-doubt keep you from your plan or goal. Be confident and overcome obstacles.
Who at TSTC has had the greatest influence on your success?
I have a number of people who influenced my success, but the ones who have stood out and really pushed me out of my comfort zone and believed in me when I doubted myself are my English instructor Timothy Kikos, Physics instructor Jose Alvarez, Computer Maintenance instructor Alex Alcoser, Computer Science Division associate professor Norma Colunga-Hernandez and Business Management Technology professor Edna Claus.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
Don’t let people shame you because you’re enrolled at a two-year technical college. There are many benefits to a two-year versus a four-year degree. TSTC is a great place to learn, grow and it’ll lead to a great career. I know many people who have found success through TSTC, all anyone has to do is work hard, have confidence and believe.