Do you enjoy driving back here to Sells from Ajo? Yeah, I’ve been like recording it going back and forth and I was taking some of the classes in like language or history and overlaying that listening to that as I go through and it reinforces some of the things I learned in the classes My name is Daniel Marquez. Stacey Joann I live here bro. I just hope that we offer them the best experience in terms of college as they pursue higher education that we have opportunities for them not only non-Natives but others. The basketball coach, Stuart, he asked me to come join the basketball team so it wasn’t my first option but, I decided I wanted to come home cause I’ve been away for awhile during my high school years. It was closer to home It wasn’t my original plan. I was supposed to go to this art school in Tucson called Southwest University but I didn’t pass one of the tests so I didn’t get accepted. I plan to transfer out to NAU or somewhere like a University and start nursing classes Yeah, I plan to go into nursing and I feel like NAU is kind of like my pursuit that I want to go to and I feel like it’s close to home but kind of not. My second option was to go to IAIA in Albuquerque but since I got accepted here right of the back, I just took it. Well I wasn’t a student, I’ve just been an employee, but it’s been very pleasant and I’ve been here ten and a half years and it’s always interesting, always a good time. It’s relaxing. I like to take pictures of things that reflect how I feel like, mm, say there’s a storm coming and then there’s one side that’s not so stormy, there’s no clouds or anything, it’s just sunshine something like that would express how I feel like say you’re very moody, you know you’re not feeling right and there’s another side where you’re happy, and yeah, nothing’s wrong I want to open up a skate park slash skate shop I guess It’s going to be pretty cool like the ideas that I have for it is to get the whole community involved in it like, I want them to interact with it, like, I want them to do art on like the blank decks even murals on the walls, like everything I always took care of my grandma and it felt like I always, I always had like that feel, like It always came to me, like it came naturally, like to take care of people and like, to give a helping hand and I feel like being a nurse gives me that type of good feeling that I can help people. because the whole reason I want to build it is for kids that who don’t know what there passion is see cause I’m throwing art, music and physical activity up in there like skating Favorite experience is when we have the holiday parties and it lets all the employees get together and get to know each other on an informal basis. Like you’ve got three things people can work with in there Three things that a kid can choose from who doesn’t know what he wants to do yet. I think, um, the experience at that time was seeing the first class of TOCC, the first students of TOCC and, um, to what it is now. You know at that time we were under the umbrella of Pima So right now, we’re on our own We have our own accreditation So to me that’s a great accomplishment not only the college, but for the Nation. Yeah, I’m getting the hang of it. That was my first time like just editing a video. I didn’t know what to expect from it. but once I saw it, it was actually pretty good. Surprised me more than I thought. I’m one of the first employees at TOCC So I’ve been here like probably about 15 years now So at that time it was small from then to now it’s grown I’m not very fond of getting in front of people and talking but I’m getting used to it. That they’ll stick it out it may be tough cause some of the instructors are going to hold their feet to the fire but it’ll pay off in time. They just have to be dedicated and have a passion for learning and then they’ll succeed and be able to move on to the U of A or another higher learning institution. I plan to go or I plan to transfer IAIA as I said before cause I have family out there, so it’s like my second home. I’ve got a lot more people to talk to I’ve got a lot more friends Classes that I chose are much more suitable for me cause last year was kind of rough Photography. Photography? Yeah. Masters? That’s my goal. (chair creaks loudly) (laughter) It sounds like I farted. Damn! I’m 20 years-old and hit me up on Instagram.