Making Their Mark
A Vibrant Vision for Crossing the Finish Line
Alexander Rey has always had a passion for learning, but it wasn’t until he started studying at Miami Dade College that he felt empowered to follow his dreams and begin reaching his full potential.
Rey, 32, was recently selected by a panel of 10 judges to receive the grand prize in a national contest for graphic design students. He earned a $1,000 scholarship for winning the “Dream Big for College” competition sponsored by Achieving the Dream.
Rey’s design featured the words: “Dream It”, “Fight for It” and “Enjoy It,” a philosophy he took from his own life story.
Grateful for MDC Education
“Miami Dade College has done so much for me,” said Rey, a Kendall Campus student.
Miami Dade College is a member of the Achieving the Dream network, a national, nonprofit group that helps students – especially low-income minorities – stay in college and earn degrees.
Rey is precisely the type of hard-working, academically focused student that MDC and Achieving the Dream want to help. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, he worked as an electrician and also learned sign language. Since arriving in Miami six years ago, he has worked in a supermarket and in construction, among other jobs.
Now he is well on his way to becoming a graphic designer and is set to graduate from MDC in the spring of 2014. He currently works as a layout designer for MDC’s award-winning student newspaper The Reporter and plans to continue his education in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
Crossing the Finish Line
To win the “dream” contest, Rey’s mission was to create an original design that showed creativity and inspired otherstudents to “finish what they start.”
Rey did all of that, and part of his reward was having his design featured on 1,500 tote bags that were provided to those who attended the second-annual convention of Achieving the Dream.
Getting that kind of exposure for one of his designs was certainly a thrill, Rey said, but he hasn’t lost sight of the bigger picture.
“Anytime I can learn something, it’s always useful,” he said.