Speaking For Himself: An Interview with Angel Olivo
Q: What is success?[audio:https://mesquite-news.com.php53-22.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/success.mp3|titles=What is Success?]
Q: What does it mean to your family for you to complete your college education?[audio:https://mesquite-news.com.php53-22.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/difference.mp3|titles=What does it mean to your family for you to complete your college education?]
Q: How would you describe your education?[audio:https://mesquite-news.com.php53-22.ord1-1.websitetestlink.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/EnglishWriting.mp3|titles=How would you describe your education?]
“When I first started college, I thought criminology would be a good setting stone for me so I could get some knowledge of the practice of law or anywhere in that area.”
Engagement with Faculty
As a member of the Student Government Association, Angel has spoken at meetings and conferences about his background. Both President Dr. Ferrier and the Executive Cabinet are familiar with his struggles and are a part of his support system. Other members of the Student Government Association and members from the Department of Communications know Angel’s struggles and successes as well.
According to the article “First-Generation Status and Student Race/Ethnicity as Distinct Predictors of Student Involvement and Learning” by Carol A. Lundberg, engagement with faculty and other university personnel may be especially beneficial for first-generation students.
This is true for Olivo, who says that the support has been instrumental to his continuing school.
Balancing Work and School
When it comes to organizing his time, Olivo feels he needs to improve. He works for FedEx Corporation for 30 hours per week, though sometimes more.
Determining when to study, and sticking to that pattern, has proven difficult. Large blocks of time are rare.
“It’s like I am in one atmosphere and then I automatically go into a different one,” Olivo says. “By the time I get home, I’m exhausted and tired. I just want to go home and study. Even then I still don’t sleep. I’ll watch the news or something because my mind is not wanting to sleep yet. At that time I don’t have the urge to study because I have so much on my mind and everything I faced throughout the day and I just want to go to bed.”
“It’s difficult to work and go to school,” Olivo said. “Dropping out of high school was difficult.”