MAY 2, 2022 — It was a less than an ideal day in Siem Reap, Cambodia, during a heavy rainfall so thick it created a fog-like atmosphere. But Daveedth Macias, who was there on deployment with the U.S. Navy, witnessed something undeniably bright in the storm: children stopping at nothing to get an education.
The moment became etched in his memory. It motivated Macias to return to school, ultimately leading him to UTSA, where he will earn a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering this month.
Macias was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to migrant working parents. His father, the only one of his siblings to attend college, had always instilled the importance of education in his son.