By Troy Wilde
November 4, 2016
Tempe, AZ – Adrian Valdovinos is an Arizona State University student with the heart of an entrepreneur and a strong desire to be an inventor.
Adrian explains, “Ultimately I want to go out on my own as an entrepreneur and start working on something technological, and be able to build stuff that is not currently in the marketplace. I can envision building something that is completely out of the realm of what you would find at Intel, or Microsoft – something that is not industrialized and is a little bit more creative.
Adrian adds that he would welcome the opportunity to work at a technology giant, “I would like to work in an environment like Google where they let their employees be more creative. I would like to start working with them (Google, Intel, Microsoft, etc.) in a way, or at least collaborate with them. You need to start somewhere, and that would definitely be a place where I want to start.”
Adrian, age 20, was born and raised in Phoenix and he graduated from GateWay Early College High School. He’s currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University.
Adrian’s creative curiosity dates back to his early childhood:
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been interested in magnets and how they could pull objects that are metal from a distance. I’ve always thought that would be a useful concept coming into the future with flying cars, and using magnetism. There is just so much that has yet to be discovered that could be put into things that we can’t even imagine yet, because nobody has thought of them. With the creative space, I feel like it’s important not to be stuck in a cubicle and allow all of that creativity to be wasted.”
Adrian is among the hundreds of hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses, “It’s helped me a lot. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the scholarship I would be in debt. The scholarship was the key, it solidified everything. The moment I realized that I got the scholarship, everything became so much easier in the way that I didn’t have to worry about working so much, and I didn’t have to stress about payments and loans.”
Students, such as Adrian, also receive specialized mentoring services from “Success Advisers” provided by College Success Arizona. Adrian’s success adviser is Robert Davis, “He’s been amazing and so understanding about everything I’ve gone through in college – even the bad things, the struggles of getting used to the university life and other challenges. Robert has been there for me because he had experienced the same things in college, and he can relate to the challenges that I’m going through.”
Beyond the books, Adrian is also a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), “It’s mainly to develop students, and help them prepare for the professional realm of what they’re getting into. The organization helps students get internships, and network with other engineers – helping them to socialize with other engineers so that they know what’s going on, and they know what to prepare for when it comes time for them to have their own internship.”
Adrian is also a member of the Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, “We do a lot of volunteer work, and it has definitely helped me meet a lot of people. Every state that I go to where we have a chapter, I get to meet the brothers there, and they house us and feed us – they basically treat us like family.”
Adrian has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “I would say that if you’re doing really well in your high school classes, bring those habits with you to university. ASU with 80-thousand students, is very different from high school and a much bigger environment. Classes in high school have thirty students, while ASU classes have about a hundred students. You need to work hard and adapt or you can easily fall behind.”
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