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Javier RodriquezName: Javier Rodriquez
Hometown: Biscoe, NC
Major: Management Information Systems

There are many obstacles that challenge first-year college students to put their life into perspective. According to Javier, he realized his main obstacle very quickly.

"My main obstacle was prioritizing, I found myself not making enough time to study or do class work," says Javier.

Throughout Javier's collegiate career, his main obstacle turned out to be the key that helped him flourish in various activities.

"During my four years at FSU I was very involved in many areas," he says.

Javier's activities included becoming a member of the Honors Program, SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), ELI (Entrepreneur Leadership Institute), Honda Campus All-star team, and OFC (Opportunity Funding Commission). Javier's participation in the Honors Program allowed him to get volunteering hours completed inside and outside of campus. These hours included tutoring and mentoring to younger kids who need influence in their lives.

A couple of Javier's biggest accomplishments came as a member of the SIFE and OFC teams.

"As a member of the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team in my junior and senior year, I helped play a role in winning regional awards," says Javier.

Javier was really excited about the opportunity during his senior year.

"My senior year I also had the privilege to be chosen by the School of Business & Education to participate in the OFC (Opportunity Funding Commission) Business Plan Competition," he says.

Javier was one of six students who represented Fayetteville State in the OFC Business Plan Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Their task was to create a business plan on an actual product or service and present it to a panel of judges. Javier and the FSU team competed against 16 other HBCU colleges and represented the university well.

"We won best written business plan and also placed in the top 6," says Javier.

Javier has learned many things by being a FSU Bronco, but he has also become a stronger individual.

"FSU gave me many opportunities that helped me evolve into a better person both on the inside and on the outside," he says.

Javier enjoyed his time at FSU and all that the University has given to him, but he has also realized one thing:

"The greatest opportunity given to me by FSU was the opportunity to succeed," he says. "I believe that five years from now, FSU will be very proud to call me their alumni!"

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