Faculty/Staff Initiative


My Backstory

• I grew up predominately low income on the Eastside of Lubbock. I was one of two children in the house. My father Lorenzo Sedeno always worked to take care of us. My mother Yolanda was a stay at home mother. Watching my father work hard every day helped me to learn the value of hard work pays off.

What motivated me to go to college

• It wasn't until my parents were divorced that I saw my mother go back to school in her early 30's taking care of us, being a single parent going to college fulltime and working to feed us. I saw her determination for a better life. I figured if she wanted a college education so bad that it must be worth something. So, I always knew from there that I wanted to go to school.

What I would tell my freshman self

• Well this question is kind of backwards for me for the fact that I was a nontraditional student. But what I would tell myself as a junior in high school is, stick it out. I don't know everything, things will be just fine, roll with the punches. I say this for the fact that I dropped out of high school in my junior year of high school.

How my background helped me

• I think my background has helped me for the fact that I had and still have the family support. I come from a very close and loving family. We lean on one another for everything. Knowing, if I fall my family will be there to help me up. That always gave me the courage to do just about anything I wanted without much fear.

The best thing about my college experience

• The best thing about my college experience I have to say is I wasn't a traditional student. By time I came to college I was very disciplined. I had served 7yrs in the United States Army as a Combat Medic. I already had 3 children by time I came to college and had served in a war zone for little over a year. By the time I got into college, I was ready to be here. So, I enjoyed everything, especially learning and being a part of a larger community. Wreck 'Em!