Clau González

Clau González

Doctoral Student


University of Washington

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born and raised in México, then my family moved to the US unexpectedly when I was 15.
I had to teach myself English and learn a new culture.
I was the first one in my family to go to - and graduate college. I worked three jobs to pay for it.
I earned an MBA while working a full-time job.
I got a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and worked for three years.
Then it was time to learn more. I went back to school to earn a Doctoral degree.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Winston Churchill High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Texas Tech University
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Texas Tech University
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
doctorate
Doctorate
Management Science
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Career

Career

Doctoral Student

I ask questions to understand how organizations work.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Science
Science
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A mentor once told me "I know what I think when I read what I write." I spend most of my mornings writing about my questions and their answers. After writing, I meet with my mentors and peers to improve my ideas. I love having discussions that help me better understand the things that have been studied before so I can focus on studying the things that have not. I also take time to meet with my former students and mentees to help them in their journeys.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As a social scientist, you must be a great communicator! You have to be able to talk about what you learn with everyone. This requires you to be a writer and a presenter. Writing is a skill that takes many years to develop. And academic writing has a style of its own - so practice! And if you are dyslexic like me, don't let writing deter you from following your passion!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you like to ask "why" certain things happen and then find out, talk to your professors. Ask them about how they spend their time and about research. Volunteer to help them with their projects to really understand how academia works. If possible, ask them to help you learn to create your own project. Look for organizations in your school that support Undergraduate research. For example, I was a McNair Scholar and it was instrumental in helping me learn about research.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business, Engineering, Economics
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You are never going to make it to college with those test scores."

Every time I was told no, I would promise myself "YES." It was a promise that I worked to keep every day. I made realistic and practical plans to achieve my dream: to go to the University. I had no idea how to achieve them, so I read and asked questions. I focused on making sure that each step I took was taking me in the general direction of my dream. I made a lot of corrections along the way!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

My family did not have much money. And what little they had was theirs: not for my education. I had to put myself through college. Since I was an immigrant, I did not qualify for financial aid. At one point I had three jobs. It was worth it.

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

My family moved to the US when I was 15. It was not planned in advance. I did not speak English at all. We did not understand how anything worked. Slowly, I learned the language and the culture. I also work hard to make sure I remember my language.

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I am Dyslexic. Sadly, I could not afford the tests to secure accommodations. Self-awareness, flexibility, and determination have helped me to find ways to cope as a student and as a professional.

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