Daniel Gonzalez-Franco

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Name: Daniel Gonzalez-Franco
Age: 21
Major: Art with a concentration in graphic design
College: College of Fine Arts
Hometown: San Juan, Texas
High School: International Baccalaureate at Lamar Academy, McAllen, TX 

It all happened so fast. I had the opportunity to graduate early from high school and I felt that I was so caught up in the whole process of wanting to graduate early that I never really had time to think about what the future would hold as soon as I graduated. However, when it came to deciding which university I wanted to go to, I decided on staying here at UTRGV mainly because not only did it feel like it was the right decision, but it felt like home. Spending almost all my life here, made me want to continue my journey here at UTRGV and prosper in my career.

What made you decide on your current major?
As most students do, I started with a completely different major than what I have right now. It was a time when I felt lost and confused about what I wanted to do or be. I couldn’t find anything that would bring me peace and a sense of happiness as much as art did. I will never forget the words of my first and only beloved art teacher. She said, “You have a gift for art, never forget it and use it to help not only yourself but others.” I thought of those words when I felt lost and confused regarding my career path and those words ultimately motivated me in choosing the career path I have today. I’m beyond happy with my decision and as they say, the rest is history.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
After completing my major, I look forward to growing, not only in my art skills, but as a human overall. I would love to just have fun, travel around the world and gain new experiences all while continuing to do art! 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
The overall community here at UTRGV. You get to see such diversity at both campuses and it’s honestly such a wonderful experience getting to meet so many new people and create new friendships.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being part of this wonderful community at UTRGV and being able to gain so many new opportunities, friendships and experiences.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
All these opportunities and events that revolve around the art community here at UTRGV have made me grow my love for art more.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
Take time to take care of yourself. Manage your time well and have fun doing what you love. It’s important to balance everything! Whether it be school, work or your social life just always try to make time to enjoy life a little. Trust me it will be worth it!