What were you doing before Westwood?
I had just finished high school, was not even 18 yet and I was not working. I knew I wanted to make something out of myself, but I was not sure what I wanted to do as a career. An admission representative from Westwood College did a presentation on the programs offered and the various career options that were available. My buddy and I were interested in game art. We love video games and wanted to be part of that industry. So why not go to Westwood College? It was hands-on and nearby, and we were able to be in the same class together.
What was your favorite thing about Westwood?
I enjoyed having a hands-on approach. It made learning fun and interactive. That’s something I wanted in my education. It was incredible to listen to a lecture on how to do a figure drawing, and then immediately have a model so you can practice what was instructed. I met a lot of great people whom I call friends. All my classmates were supportive of each other. We motivated each other to do our best and made sure that we never gave up. I was able to talk to my instructors and get advice on how I could improve my work. I was able to talk to my career advisor without having to make an appointment two weeks in advance, like at a traditional university. He had an open-door policy, which was convenient, especially when I had last-minute questions or needed career advice.
How did you overcome any challenges you faced as a student?
During my education, I became a father. I was happy to be a father, but it also meant I couldn’t dedicate the amount of time I would have liked to completing my studies. On top of that, I was also working 30+ hours each week. I felt like I couldn’t balance it all out and almost gave up on everything. But I had a great support system with my friends and the Westwood College staff, so I was able to pull through and finish school.
What's one piece of advice you would give to new students?
What are you doing today?
How do you define success?
I define success as being able to accomplish your goal (which was to finish school), support your family and do what you love! I am the first in my family to graduate from college. I’ve made my parents very proud. I’ve not only finished school, but I also got a job in my field. I’m a proud father, and I know that I will be able to provide for my son now more than I was able to before.