Sometimes the journey to your degree can be overwhelming.
(L-R) Corey Bailey, Jacob Cintron and President William Serrata at the VV cafeteria annex.
On April 17, the Valle Verde campus hosted the 2017 Men’s Forum, Overcoming Adversity.
Speaking at this event were EPCC’s President William Serrata, Jacob Cintron, former CEO of Del Sol Medical Center, Richard Dayoub, president and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and Corey Bailey who is the current Director of the Student Engagement and Leadership Center at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
The forum was to motivate students to finish their education and push onward.
Serrata, Dayoub, Cintron, and Bailey shared their own personal stories on how they overcame the challenges of life by providing many anecdotes.
Cintron talked about the challenges he faced as a single parent while juggling a full time job and graduate school; Dayoub said he was the first in his family to go to college, and while his father knew five different languages, and his mother knew two different languages, he could not turn to them for help with his assignments.
Serrata shared that he was the first generation and oldest of his siblings, so the pressure was on him to set an example.
Bailey advised students that no matter what difficulties students face, they should network and build relationships, because those relationships can be tapped into for the future.
“Surround yourself with the right people,” Bailey said.
“Along the way you’re going to face certain challenges, and you just have push through, you have to tap into your strengths, tap into your assets and really figure things out, find that pathway that’s going to help you overcome that challenge and help you be successful down the line.”
The forum gave the student a new perspective on the guest speakers who had to work through college, juggle a kid, work, single parenthood, a spouse, and college – like many students at EPCC today – and still rise above the challenges and complete their goal.
Serrata said, “If you feel passionate about what you do, every day feels like an adventure.”
Cintron advised that students should not sell themselves short and Dayoub added “Don’t let anyone else define who you are.”