By: Troy Wilde
May 17, 2017, 2016
Phoenix, AZ – Francisco Fernandez is an Arizona State University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, who is planning on working as an attorney for the government and then may take a shot at running for POTUS, “I’ve told a couple of people that I want to run for President and they laugh, because it seems unrealistic, but I know down the road I probably will, but I just don’t know when or how.”
Francisco says his long-term goals, which could be made easier from high political office, involve building educational nonprofits and working on improving public policy, “I want to be a prosecutor and hopefully work for the government for a couple of years but not too long, and then I want to do my own thing. After I build a (career) platform I just want to build a whole bunch of nonprofits and give back to the community. I want to create scholarship funds for students that are in the same boat that I was. I also want to help schools and give meals to people who don’t have meals.”
Francisco says he sees a possible political career as a means to help the most people.
Francisco was born in Mesa and graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe. He earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. Students also receive specialized mentoring services from “Success Advisers” who help them work through challenges at school and in their personal lives.
Francisco says his success adviser, Barbra Scrivner, was a good coach:
“She was a really, really big help. Every time I met up with her she reinforced my goals. Every now and then I’d text her and just let her know what’s going on. Whenever I was stressed out she just kind of brought me back down to earth and told me that it’s going to be okay, and reminded me that the sacrifices will pay off in the long run.”
College can have a maturing effect on students and Francisco says he is no exception to that trend, “It’s matured me a lot. When I was in high school I worked at Taco Bell and QuikTrip. I was one of those really rude employees that was talking whenever – I thought it was cool to talk back to people. Once I entered ASU and I got my job as a student worker in the office, I got a reality check right away. So it’s really helped me out and I’ve learned that you have to carry yourself a certain way, at least in the academic world, because you never who’s looking.”
Francisco says one of his biggest ongoing challenges is his mother’s health, “She has always been sick and she’s actually scheduled to get surgery soon. It’s difficult because of the health insurance issues and my family doesn’t come from a strong income. In the back of my head I’m always thinking about my mom’s health issues and it doesn’t necessarily make me sad, it just motivates me to keep going.”
Meanwhile, middle and high school students considering college may benefit from Francisco’s advice, “I know that school isn’t for everybody but for those who school is for, you definitely have to push yourself because if you don’t you’re going to end up as a regular person, and I don’t think anybody wants to be remembered as a regular person.”
Francisco is the brother of former College Success Arizona Scholar, Lindsey Fernandez, now working in law enforcement with the Tempe Police Department.
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