Rocha: Success Despite the Odds

    Date Posted: 
    Thursday, August 31, 2017

    Andrew Rocha is no stranger to going the extra mile to realize his dreams. The optical sciences and engineering undergraduate was recently interviewed by CNBC's Make It as well as Student Loan Hero about his childhood, living in a car and finding creative ways to help pay for his education. 

    For CNBC, Andrew describes being raised by a single mom in a rough East Los Angeles neighborhood, a drug-infested high school and working 80 hours per week just to make rent. His interview with Student Loan Hero revolves around Andrew's creative use of crowdsource funding his financial goals in parallel with scholarships, and tips for others to follow in his footsteps.

    Andrew is a multiple Dean's List recipient, winner of an Engineering Design Day award and subject of an OSC Another Wavelength article. In addition, Andrew is the current recipient of the Robert R. Shannon Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences, and past recipient of the Jack D. Gaskill Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences, the James M. Palmer Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences and the Marathay Family Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Optical Sciences.

    Read the full CNBC Make It and Student Loan Hero articles.