‘You can do it’

February 14, 2023

Cruz says Garcia is confident, motivational and someone she can confide in. She used to work with him in the C building, and said she saw how he helped others the way he helped her.

“When he gets international students, he just makes them feel comfortable,” Cruz said. “He shows them the same things he showed me. He showed everybody else the food pantry, counseling services, or if they needed life advice.”

Success coach Jaime Martinez says he will never forget Garcia.

“He was one of the first people that I will never forget because he made me feel very welcome,” he said. “He was very outgoing and just made me feel part of the team very quickly.”

Anytime Martinez has a question or needs help, Garcia is there.

“I can always go in and ask for him because he just has that type of personality where he can connect with students,” Martinez said.

Garcia says remembering his mother gives him strength, and he uses that strength to help other immigrant students succeed.

“It’s possible,” he said. “No one wanted to give a penny to me, but I’m an example that you can do it.”

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