Phase One

Coming out of high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, let alone what college to attend. With the help of my older brother, a soon-to-be college counselor, he pointed me in the direction I had to go and the rest was up to me.

I did what other freshmen did, took general education classes until finally deciding what to major in. Just like many freshmen, my first choice was not my final choice.

Juggling What Suits Me

After enrolling in my first math class, I quickly realized business was not for me. My brother had helped me enroll in classes and I was worried about having a talk with him about changing my major; I did not want to disappoint even though I knew I did not want to pursue this. A change had to be made, and I knew this talk would not be an easy one for me to get through.

Moment of Impact

The one thing I hope to never do in life is to disappoint my family. This talk with my brother was nerve-wrecking for me. As the youngest of seven the expectations for me are to be greater then they could ever be. Surprisingly though, I received nothing but support which made it easier knowing I was doing the right thing.

Phase Two

Two years in at Fullerton College, but I was one class away from obtaining my Associates Degree in communications. After thinking it over, I decided that it was not worth the extra semester for one class. Two years as a hornet was good enough for me. I knew it was time to move on to bigger and better things and that started with California State University of Fullerton.

Finding My Identity

A change in environment was just what was needed. More confidence could be seen in the way I dress and the way presented myself. With greater self confidence, more doors and opportunities became available for me. It became clear what I really wanted out of my education and what I wanted to do with my life. As a full-time student and a part-time employee, it did not get any easier from here. It did get more enjoyable though.

Phase Three

This campus has been amazing to me! Becoming a Titan was the best thing I could have done for myself. This is the first part of phase three: earning my bachelor's degree. I'm not finishing here though.

This is the goal. Not the ultimate goal, but for now. The bar is set so much higher than this. With the help from my family and my own perseverance, I know I will get to where I want to be.

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Daniel Lucatero

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