Joseph’s mother remembers Joseph as the most determined of her seven kids.
“When he wants something, he fights for it,” Cathy Serrano said. “One time Joe stood in front of a man drinking a soda on a park bench. When the guy asked what he was doing, Joe told him he was waiting for him to finish so he could recycle the can.”
Joseph’s persistence paid off. On Friday, he will become the first person in his family, originally from El Salvador, to graduate from college. And he’s graduating with university honors.