Phoenix, AZ – Touchdown! Carlos Macias is well on his way to achieving his goal of working for the Arizona Cardinals.
Carlos explains, “My ultimate goal is to work for community affairs with the Arizona Cardinals, and give back to the community. At the same time I’ll be doing something I love, and working for the team I that loved watching when I was growing up.”
Carlos, age 20, graduated from North High School in Phoenix. He’s now pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at Arizona State University.
Getting a full-time job with the Cardinals may be made easier, because Carlos already works for the team, “Yes, I work with the guest relations team, and that pretty much entails just making sure that all of the fans are having a great time – every single step from the parking lot until it’s time to go home. I started working for the Cardinals about a year ago, and this is my second season with them. It’s been a really amazing time, and it doesn’t even feel like a job.”
Carlos adds that his job would also include working in the community to help inspire young people, ”Working in community affairs with the Arizona Cardinals involves partaking with the community- making sure that kids are having a great time and staying out of trouble.”
Meanwhile, Carlos is also a member of the Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity at ASU, “It’s a small multicultural fraternity here at Arizona State and we’re about 22 active brothers. We focus primarily on scholarships, cultural awareness, community service, and brotherhood. I’ve wanted to get involved in the community on campus, and being part of the brotherhood – they’ve helped me find a comfort zone and provide a network friends I can lean on if I need help, and an overall support system.
Carlos adds that his fraternity experience has helped him to gain confidence, “I’ve also been involved in different chairs and positions, which have helped to build my leadership skills. It’s helped me to develop my confidence in terms of speaking in front of others, speaking in front of a crowd. All of this ties back into my career goals which will require me to interact with people I’ve never met in my life, and be in crowds of people, which requires some confidence.”
Carlos also has a part-time job at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU, “I’m currently an events coordinator with them, and we plan events like a grand opening that we just had, and we do faculty luncheons, and other events.”
Carlos is among the hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. Students, such as
Carlos, also receive specialized mentoring services from ‘Success Advisers,’ who help guide them through academic and personal challenges.
Carlos offers high praise for Barbra Scrivner, his success adviser, “Barbra has been a great mentor for me. I started college thinking about working in public relations in general, but Barbra helped me narrow it down to community relations. She’s also been really helpful with things like job interview skills and just being prepared in a professional manner.”
Carlos has some advice for middle and high school students who may be considering their own path to college, “One thing my parents always told me growing up was, ‘you can have a car, you can have clothes, and you can buy a lot of things, which you can easily lose.’ They stressed that one thing you can never really lose is your education. I would also encourage students to focus on school and make it your priority, because you will always benefit from it in the long run.”
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