Ricardo Alarcon

Business Administration 2020

Special Recognition: July Student of the Month

Semester of anticipated graduation:
Winter 2020

Career goal:
My goal is to become a financially independent person and help others achieve their financial objectives. Becoming a successful and knowledgeable investor would definitely help me achieve my goal. In the same way, I would like to create, run and sell profitable businesses throughout my life. Finally, I would love to become a financial advisor, so I would be able to guide many people to invest their money, manage their budgets and increase their wealth. Nowadays, money is a vital aspect of life, which I want to master, in addition to helping others solve their financial issues.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I came to this country two years ago from Venezuela. I have traveled around the world since I was 2 years old. My native language is Spanish, and I can also speak Italian and English. I have two brothers who are here in this country as well. In the same way, I have the blessing of seeing my lovely mother and respectable father every day. On the other hand, I am a serious, honest and trustworthy person. I try to do my best every time I start something and am a good listener. I am an opened minded person and respect all different cultures. 

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
I have various hobbies. For instance, I enjoy reading books and spending time with my girlfriend and friends. In the same way, I love traveling and meeting new people. Moreover, I like to collect unique American bills and coins. Playing basketball and practicing parkour are part of my hobbies as well.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
English Fundamentals II

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
I really appreciate the people who have shared their knowledge with me. Dr. Cynthia Gomez really stands out. Dr. Gomez has been more than just a professor for me. She has been an exceptional tutor throughout my academic development. I took her course, English Fundamental II, and she taught me the importance of hard work and teamwork. That was an excellent class because of the outstanding atmosphere and useful knowledge I acquired during the course. In the same way, Nancy Cheser and Lobar Araslanova were vital faculty while I was in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and I really valued their teachings. Hodges University is filled with professionalism and high positive values.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
Learning English has been my greatest challenge, and it is one I have yet to overcome. I began to study English two years ago, and I have worked very hard. However, I have much to learn, and I am willing to improve my English every day. In fact, I am sure I will overcome this challenge sooner than I anticipate.

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
It means I have acquired vital knowledge, which will help me to achieve my career goal. In the same way, receiving a degree at Hodges University would make me feel very proud of my family, girlfriend, friends and myself, and it would reaffirm that motivation and constancy are fundamental when achieving both academic and personal dreams. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
I would encourage them to study at Hodges University not only because of the high positive value and reputation it has but also because I really like it. It has very convenient schedules and courses. Additionally, I would tell them that team members at Hodges University are always willing to help people. Finally, I would advise them to have motivation and constancy throughout their academic paths.

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