My name is Danny Morato and I am currently a senior at Concordia majoring in Business Administration with a minor in International Business. I am also a member of the Cavalier Men’s Soccer team and part of the Analytics Club. I just finished a summer internship on a product management team. I truly feel like I’m on track for a successful career…and life. But it wasn’t always like this.
A few years ago, Concordia University wasn’t an option for me, it was a dream. I come from a hard-working, blue collar immigrant family. After high school, took some classes at the local community college, but doing that and working full time was too much. So instead of pursuing my dream, I was forced to go to work. I wanted to be a pro soccer player and one day own a restaurant. But money was scarce and I had to provide. So I did, and I was proud to do so.
Then one day when I was playing for the Nike Swoosh soccer team, I met a Concordia player who eventually introduced me to Coach Birkey. I tried out with the team and we connected right away. I was told to apply, but when I saw the cost to attend, my heart dropped. There was no way I could afford it. Luckily, I contacted admissions and found out that I qualified for a variety of scholarships – including sizeable awards just for transfer students.
I visited the campus, met a few professors and fell in love with everything Concordia had to offer. I had to find a way to get here and the admissions team at Concordia made it happen. The transfer coordinator took care of all the paperwork and even got my community college credits to transfer over. Now I’m just a few months away from getting my degree and my goal is to continue on to get an MBA, also at Concordia. This may be a small private university, but when it comes to helping students succeed, they have a big and generous heart.
- Danny Morato