Christian Garcia

Christian Garcia

Name: Christian Garcia
Age: 22
Major: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
College: College of Engineering & Computer Science
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
High School: Warren Central High School

I chose to attend UTRGV due to its outstanding campus, esteemed faculty, convenient location, and affordability. The smaller student body offered ample opportunity to excel academically and build valuable relationships. UTRGV's reputation for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, along with the opportunity to immerse myself in a different culture, further solidified my decision. I knew attending UTRGV would provide the perfect environment to pursue my academic and personal goals while expanding my horizons in countless ways.

What made you decide on your current major?
As a Computer Science student at UTRGV, I'm fueled by my passion for technology and its potential to solve real-world problems. The program's exceptional curriculum, coupled with knowledgeable faculty, has honed my skills, and provided me with the expertise required to effect meaningful change in society. Access to cutting-edge technologies and the opportunity to work on exciting projects has further motivated me to develop innovative solutions that can positively impact people's lives. Additionally, UTRGV's supportive and inclusive community has provided me with the necessary resources to succeed and encouraged me to pursue my passion. Overall, my experience at UTRGV has been incredibly rewarding, and I'm enthusiastic about leveraging my education to make a difference in the field of computer science.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
Working as the lead software engineer at Fork to Fit Kitchen, I have had the privilege of working under the guidance of CEO and co-founder Alex Velasco, whose passion for empowering a healthier world through innovative meal portioning strategies has been truly inspiring. Mr. Velasco's quote, "’Empowering a healthier world, one meal at a time,’ is more than just a mission; it's a passion that fuels my every action," reflects our company's mission and has become our driving force. With my technical expertise as a Computer Science undergraduate from UTRGV, I am committed to utilizing technology to address complex global problems in healthcare and environmental sustainability, and working alongside Alex Velasco has allowed me to gain valuable experience in implementing solutions that provide healthier food alternatives. Together, we are dedicated to creating a lasting impact that uplifts future generations, one meal at a time.

What do you like most about UTRGV?
As a UTRGV student, I've had an exceptional academic experience thanks to the knowledgeable and supportive faculty who have shaped my education, providing me with valuable skills and expertise in my field. They make classes engaging and interesting and convey complex concepts in a way that is accessible to all students. In addition to the classroom, UTRGV offers a wide range of opportunities to explore interests and passions, including research, internships, and extracurricular activities. The collaborative campus environment encourages teamwork and support, helping me to build strong relationships with my peers and feel a sense of belonging within the university community. Overall, my rewarding experience at UTRGV has prepared me to make a positive impact on the world, and I look forward to continuing my education here.

What does be a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero at UTRGV is not just a title, but a sense of belonging to a community that values hard work, determination, and resilience. For many, being a Vaquero represents a strong commitment to their education, personal growth, and the betterment of their community. It instills pride in students by representing the university's values of academic excellence, inclusivity, and community service. The Vaquero spirit is contagious and unites students, faculty, and alumni under a shared identity, creating a strong bond and sense of pride in being a part of the UTRGV family. Overall, being a Vaquero embodies the qualities of perseverance, grit, and dedication that are essential for success in both academics and in life.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
Through its community partnerships and extracurricular activities, UTRGV has provided me with numerous opportunities to engage with my community and make a positive impact. These partnerships have allowed me to collaborate with local organizations and community members, volunteering my time and skills to serve various community initiatives, such as mentoring local students and participating in environmental conservation efforts. UTRGV's diverse array of extracurricular activities and student organizations has also enabled me to pursue my interests while connecting with like-minded individuals. Overall, UTRGV has been instrumental in helping me discover new goals and passions, while also giving me the chance to give back to my community. I am grateful for the opportunities that UTRGV has provided me and excited about the many more that are sure to come.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
My advice for fellow students pursuing their degrees is to prioritize their mental health, fitness, and personal growth. Taking care of your mental and physical well-being is crucial for success in all areas of life, including academics. It's essential to find a healthy balance between school and self-care activities such as exercise and hobbies that bring you joy. Also, focus on building a name for yourself by finding ways to stand out in your field and create a path that others can follow. Remember that life is a series of experiments, so don't be afraid to try new things and take risks. Embrace challenges and failures as opportunities to learn and grow, and always keep pushing forward towards your goals.