Raphael Mariano: A Bachelor's Assistant In A Career

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"If I were to give advice to someone who is starting out in a career, I'd tell them to not be afraid to make mistakes and to not be afraid to struggle," Raphael Mariano says pridefully; a twenty-six-years-old graduate student originally born and raised in the Philippines. Additionally, Mariano is a former alumnus of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. To assist other students and expand his resume, Mariano is currently a teacher's assistant in math and is currently continuing on his road to earning a Masters degree.
Being an immigrant, Mariano grew up and resided in the Philippines the majority of his life. Due to his financial situation and desperation to earn a degree, Mariano decided to make the pivotal switch to reside in the United States in 2008. Transitioning into a new culture and adjusting to the American way of life faced as a prodigious obstacle for him. Mariano elaborates on his difficulty adjusting saying, ''The
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"There’s a lot of it set in stones because of the department. We had to pick our classes then plan around our classes. Pretty much on most days, I average in school from 9 am all the way to 4 pm. I’m all the way in the math building, I have not let the math building in the past four hours. That’s always Monday through Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’m here on campus from 8 in the morning to 2 or 4 in the afternoon. Basically, everything is math whether I’m teaching it or learning it or office hours. I have not been inside another building since the class has started and that is really weird. It’s refreshing but it’s weird because I am a graduate student. I haven’t been in the cafeteria or UC in the past three weeks which is weird. I’m partially stuck in this building. I even come to this building on the weekends. I basically study in my office." As stressful as it sounds, Mariano manages to stay motivated despite the
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