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Aaron Kracko graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown with a degree in finance, a 4.0 grade point average and a fine-tuned set of skills to fuel his success.
Kracko was homeschooled before he started college in 2008. He quickly became aware of the differences between the two learning environments and had to adapt to larger class sizes, less supervision and more distractions.
"Attending college after being homeschooled for so long was definitely a little shocking," Kracko said. "I had to learn to prioritize my work for the first time, to stay organized and to be disciplined about my studying."
According to Kracko, being in a class full of students and not having the teacher's undivided attention was something he had to get used to over time. However, he noted that "the intimate class sizes, as well as the one-on-one attention students receive from professors, was exactly what I needed to be successful."
Kracko plans to return to UHD for a Master of Business Administration degree, and eventually start his own business.
"Business has always interested me," he said. "I want to learn all I can about business, like what factors make a business profitable in certain markets and not others."
He advises other students to find what's important to them and do it ethically and to the best of their ability.
"I'd like to tell my fellow UHD graduates that the most important thing in life is to create value in whatever they do, rather than profiting off of others' hard work. To me, that is the one thing that's vital to personal success," he said.
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