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Joaquin Gonzalez
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Joaquin Gonzalez
Born 9/7/79
Currently an MBA candidate in UM's graduate school of business.
Chose to attend Miami over Louisville, Central Florida, Wake Forest and Oklahoma State...
Son of Joaquin and Maria Gonzalez,

Full name is Joaquin Antonio Gonzalez.
Joaquin is a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team for maintaining a grade-point average over 3.0. He joined the Hurricanes as a walk-on and was awarded an athletic scholarship prior to his sophomore season.
Join A Team, Not A Gang
Gonzalez is active in Miami's “Join A Team, Not a Gang” community service program; to encourage area youth to seek positive alternatives to gangs...
Joaquin Gonzalez
Iron Arrow
The senior from Miami, Fla. is a member of the academic honors society Omicron Delta Kappa and a 2000 inductee into Iron Arrow, the highest honor bestowed to any University of Miami student or staff member.
Welcome to Miami
Gonzalez came to Miami on an academic scholarship after graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average. He scored 1,320 out of 1,600 on the SAT and turned down academic scholarships to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell in order to walk on at Miami.
As one of the high-profile Hispanic athletes at this school you've become a representative of the Cuban-American community. What are your thoughts on that?
Joaquin Gonzalez
"It's fun. I love it. You know why? Because I grew up here. If I wouldn't have grown up here it wouldn't mean as much to me. A lot of guys get recognized - I know (quarterback Ken) Dorsey does - but it's harder to get recognition when you're an offensive lineman. But being an offensive lineman that's also Cuban-American in a community with such a large Cuban population, I think a lot of people see me in the media and can point to me as a Cuban kid that made it. So, a lot of Cuban parents have kids like me. I'm not the greatest athlete, I don't have the greatest numbers, I just came here and worked hard and made it. I think a lot of Hispanic people can relate to that. Not to take anything away from any other culture, but it hasn't been easy for us here. It's a lot easier than it used to be, but there is still a lot they have to go through."

Who in your family do you idolize? I idolize my brother and father, Tony and Joaquin. I admire that in their lives, everything hasn't been given to them. They have always had to work hard and give a lot of effort.
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The Future

What do you see off the field for yourself in the future? "I graduated in December with a Marketing major and I'm in graduate school now. I'm taking three classes. I need 10 more classes to finish. I'll be going to both Summer sessions and, hopefully, by next December I'll graduate with my MBA.
I want to get into the advertising segment of marketing. That's what I really like. Not so much the research part. The advertising part appeals to me because it deals a lot with entertainment. I've always been into that because it's fun."
Email: lquintero@tire.net
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