Juan Galvis, Florida International University, Graduated Fall 2019
Major: Communications with a Track in Advertising
Career Goals: To become a Senior Project Manager
Biggest surprise about the college experience: The biggest surprise about my college experience was that even the easiest courses found a way to become somewhat difficult. Learning how to juggle being a full-time student, full-time employee, and having a social life was not easy. Learning time management and organizational skills played a crucial role in my college career.
Most challenging coursework in college: As a communication major you are required to take numerous writing courses, where they all teach different writing styles. This was the most challenging coursework for me. During my high school career, I only learned how to write narrative and persuasive essays along with APA papers, so it really hit me hard when my college professors had to critique my writing style and techniques. I had to completely learn new techniques and styles that are used in my professional field.
Accomplishment most proud of: After graduating from Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, I landed a sales job with Sprint Corp. During my time with Sprint, I was honored to receive multiple awards for Top Sales Performer. These awards gave me the exposure needed to get promoted to Assistant Store Manager. While holding this position, I was able to help my store reach the number one spot within the district in sales and operations. This accomplishment got me recognized as the Assistant Store Manager of the month by my Area Manager. As a result of my hard work and the experience gained at Sprint and having earned a bachelor's degree, I now hold a mid-level position at T-Mobile in Nashville, Tennessee where I plan to continue reaching my professional goals.
Can you provide any advice to our current Knights? Dream big. The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves. Life is full of obstacles, but don't let them defeat you.
I paid for college with…: While earning my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate enough to have my first two years paid by the Ortega Foundation Scholarship and Financial Aid. While completing my last two years, I was still receiving Financial Aid and I used the money I saved up from my first two years for books.
Fondest memory from high school: I have a lot to thank at Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy; Ms. Llanes, Mr. Milian, Mr. & Mrs. Cruz, Dr. Lopez, Ms. Luis, Mr. Dean, Ms. Thompson, Mr. Kearns, Ms. Prieto, Mrs. Buttacavoli, Ms. Andrews and many more who helped me become the man I am today. Without their guidance and support, I wouldn't be where I am today. Student Government also holds a special place in my heart. I learned leadership and communication skills, that till this day, help me in my daily life.
High School Graduation Date: June 1, 2015 – The Founding Class of Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy