05 Jun Success story #3: Andy Garcia
Lending a Helping Hand
In June, Andy Garcia graduated from Fremont College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Rehabilitation and Therapy. His passion is helping people and he goes at everything with a never-say-quit attitude he absorbed from his grandfather and his favorite musician of all time, Tupac Shakur.
Andy enjoyed his experience at Fremont College. He worked as a tutor, went on several of the field outings, and even wished his education at the institution had lasted longer.
“At the same time,” he said, “I’m anxious to see what the next steps are going to be in life.”
Andy had been a barber before he became interested in Fremont. As a barber, he had this knack for making people feel good when they got out of his chair. As he puts it, he gave them their “swag.” In fact, Andy has spent his life giving people their swag. Helping others is something he’s not only passionate about, but really good at.
Which is why he decided to go into sports rehab—to help people. The funny thing is, when he started to study the course material, he began to see study the actual process, he began to take a vested interest.
“I wanted to give it a try and see how far I could take it,” Andy said. “Once I got here, and started taking classes, learning anatomy, I began to understand a lot more about the body. And I got to understand myself a lot more and know that I could advance even more into what I want to do.”
That desire to advance himself is something that runs in his family. Andy’s role model, his grandfather, was a really strong individual despite being a paraplegic. He showed Andy that he could still do a lot and taught him how to find a way to make everything possible. He told him to switch the “I can’t” to “How can I do that?”
“He put that on me,” Andy said. “I think this was a really big thing, because I couldn’t say ‘I can’t.’ No excuses. You just have to find a way to do it. And you can find a way to do anything after that. That’s what got me [to Fremont] because I didn’t know anything. But because of my grandfather, I found a way.”