Name: Adrian Gutierrez
A Valley native, Adrian was born in McAllen and raised in Pharr. A 1994 graduate of PSJA North High School, he actively participated in football and track throughout his time in high school.
Recently he made the decision to continue his higher education and is currently enrolled at South Texas College, working on his prerequisites for application to the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program or Physical Therapy Assistant Program. He hopes by fall 2012 he will be accepted to one of the programs and well on his way to a new profession in the healthcare field.
Top three accomplishments:
“Finally going back to school to continue my education is a big accomplishment because I had to wait 10 years before I finally had a chance to come back. My mother was disabled so I had to care for her and the family home once I graduated from high school. I also wanted my wife to graduate from STC before I went back. I’m just glad that I am finally back and able to show my son that you’re never too old to earn an education. “
“Graduating from high school was a big accomplishment for me considering the pressures I had to deal with. I was 17 and my brother had already left the house so I was the only person that was available to take care of my mother and the house, all in addition to my studies. I fell behind in my school work and it got to the point that even the principal told me to just get my GED. But I wouldn’t have it; I wanted to graduate with my class, so I worked extra hard and I accomplished my goal.”
“Raising my son Darian Gutierrez would have to be one of the greatest, if not my greatest, accomplishment. He gives me inspiration to keep going and always strive for something better. He is one of the reasons I went back to school; I wanted him to know that having a higher education is very important and no matter how old you are, you can always earn a college degree.”
What sets me apart from the rest?
“I believe what sets me apart from the rest is that I have tons of life experiences. I have experienced so many things in life, I have seen good and bad. And because of that, I know what I have to do to be successful. I guess you could say I know where I want to be and I know how to get there, and that’s through higher education.”