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Carlos Portales

Carlos Portales

PSJA Southwest Early College High School, Class of 2015

Associate’s Degree in Biology from South Texas College
first PSJA student to receive it as a Junior

Plans to Attend: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Major: Exercise Science

Varsity Football / Basketball / Track / Powerlifting / Student Council member / National Honor Society member

How was your Early College experience?
There are many accomplishments that I would not have had the ability to obtain without this opportunity. Early College had a huge impact in my life and made me more responsible. I had to push myself to do well in school because "no pass no play."

What would you say to your PSJA Family?
My counselor once told me "It's all up to you", and that helped me grow as an individual and a better leader for my school and my community. My teachers were very tough on me, but if it was not for their caring support I would not have been able to succeed as much as I have, so thank you for all you have done.

What would be your message for underclassmen?
You have to have a vision, and know that for the good things to happen it takes time and hardwork. Do not follow people that can be bad influences in your life and know that it is possible to come out of any difficulties you may have.