My story

What I hope to achieve in life:

Background:

  • Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Attended Gilroy High School, Gilroy, CA
  • Mixed heritage; proud of hispanic (Mexican/Native American/Spanish) roots
  • Lover of food, arts, literature, nature, and philosophy
  • Hobbies include rock climbing, running, cycling, gardening, and learning about new cultures
  • For the recent honor of being featured on the 2013 SJSU Honors Convocation website, I wrote a genuine, candid synopsis of who I am, where I came from, and the challenges I’ve faced. Transparency is sometimes difficult, but is incredibly necessary in the effort to lift up others who may have similar experiences. I share my own story in the hopes that it will inspire others to face struggles head on and with confidence: http://www.sjsu.edu/provost/events/honors/featured/2013/joy_franco/

Quote which best describes me:

  • “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
What was I doing before SJSU:
  • Worked as a certified bicycle fitter
  • Dreamt of becoming a world class cyclist (cross country mountain biking and cyclocross)

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