Josh Maldonado-Santiago was inspired by the values of hard work instilled in him by his native Puerto Rican parents. As an ROTC cadet, Maldonado-Santiago excelled as a leader and a student. That experience combined with a strong work ethic and a Penn State education has led this first-generation student to a world of opportunity and life of service as a future Air Force officer.
“I remember one conversation I had with my dad when he was helping me with homework. I wasn’t getting it, so my dad sat me down and said, ‘If you want to do better than what we have right now, then you’re going to have to sacrifice.’ Ever since then I have kept that on my shoulder, and slowly and progressively I got better.”
Josh Maldonado-Santiago | Penn State telecommunications graduate, Air Force Officer
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