Student Spotlight: Jose Macias
Jose Macias fell in love with mathematics in high school.
"What inspired me to pursue mathematics was my freshman and sophomore math teacher showing and telling me that math is simpler than I think," he said. "He made math more understandable."
Now a student at College of DuPage, Macias is learning new study tactics to excel on exams and finals. He's also meeting and networking with new people to establish connections in hopes of landing an internship in the Chicago public school system.
"My ultimate educational goal is to have a master's in Mathematics and have a major in dancing," he said. "For my career goals, I want to be on the Board of Education in Chicago so I can enforce new rules and help minorities see the importance of pursuing higher education. I also want to help them get the new school supplies they need to succeed. Also, as a side job, I want to be a professional choreographer."
Macias serves as vice president of the College's Latino Ethnics Awareness Association. His involvement with LEAA is broadening his outlook and allowing him to inform others about how to succeed.
"In the Latino Outreach Center, I inform people about what the center is and how its main objective is to help Latinos with any essential questions," he said. "LEAA has helped me get involved more in our community and understand the problems Latinos are facing and what we can do to overcome these problems.
"My advice to other students is to never let anyone stand in your way of your goal. Once you have a clear vision on your future, run in full sprint to obtain it."
2012 College of DuPage