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December Student of the Month

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He’s a reserved yet hardworking student who has a skill for building and engineering. He doesn’t ever back down from challenges and always keeps his word when he makes promises. 

Our December Student of the Month is Alfredo Barron.

One of the most noticeable traits that you can see in Alfredo is his easy going personality. When plans change, he simply changes directions and keeps going. A lot of this comes from a saying he’s heard in the past.

“My quote is ‘Life is like a leaf, I just go wherever the wind takes me,’ This quote means to me that I just go with the flow. It has shaped the way I perceive the world,” Alfredo says.

Although he is relatively calm about challenges that come his way, Alfredo can’t be mistaken as a person who has nothing he is passionate about. He has a love for creating and construction that is almost contagious.

“Construction is a big interest in my life, but it is more of a hobby. I enjoy building things with my hands, and I have since I was born,” Alfredo says.

Just like any other student, Alfredo has known what it feels like to struggle, especially when it comes to striving for the best in himself. He is a very ambitious person who, once he’s set a standard for himself, won’t settle for less.

“The biggest challenge I endured during high school was making a bet about whether or not I could be in the top ten,” Alfredo says, “The challenge was tough because I had terrible grades my first year, but I managed to overcome and work hard to achieve my goal.”

Somehow while maintaining his spot in the top ten and working on construction projects, Alfredo finds time to partake in his hobby of exercising.

“I enjoy working out in my free time,” Alfredo says, “I find it fun because working out helps me stay healthy. I have been working out for about half a year.”

Not only does Alfredo find moments of happiness outside of school, but he also has many happy memories inside of the school walls. One of the most joyful memories in his high school career was when he was building for a school project. 

“My most memorable moment in high school was when I built a house with electrical circuits to light up the house. I learned the difference between a series, parallel, and complex circuit, and I got to build the circuitry,” Alfredo says.

Somehow while maintaining his spot in the top ten and working on construction projects, Barron finds time to partake in his hobby of exercising.

“I enjoy working out in my free time,” Alfredo says, “I find it fun because working out helps me stay healthy. I have been working out for about half a year.”

As he gets older, Alfredo currently hopes to make more memories at the University of Texas in Austin.

“I plan to attend UT Austin because they offer the degree I need to pursue my career. I have just discovered this recently and it may change,” Alfredo says.

Although he is an adaptable person, Alfredo knows that there are changes and difficulties already heading his way in the coming years and worries about it at times. 

“I fear every part of life after graduation,” Alfredo says, “For example, I fear the student debt that I will endure, and I fear having to leave my home to move to a new place.”

Once he finishes his education, he has plans to pursue a career in engineering and live a life where he gets to see lots of different places.

“In ten years I hope to achieve many great things such as earning my engineering master’s. I will have a two-bedroom house and will live by myself,” Alfredo says, “I will work as a Petroleum Engineer in Texas. My career will make me move from drill site to drill site, so I’ll always be on the move. I will hopefully have a happy life.”

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