Ricardo Garcia sat amongst strangers who were speaking a foreign language in Mrs. Peppers' sophomore history class in 1994. When Mrs. Peppers walked into the door Garcia almost stood to greet herthe custom at the prep school he attended in Colombiabut caught himself when he realized his classmates barely noticed the teacher's arrival.
That was Garcia's first learning experience at Scarsdale High Schoo l. Garcia, a member of Scarsdales Class of 1997, arrived at Scarsdale High School in the middle of his sophomore year, knowing only textbook English, after his father was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations representing Columbia.
Garcia said American greeting-teacher-etiquette was not the only rude awakening he had in the next two years at Scarsdale High School.
"Everything took me by surprise. Studying for the SATs. Visiting colleges," said Garcia. When I suddenly realized you had to visit schools I realized people had been doing this since the eighth grade.
Garcia did not have to travel far to find his future school. Garcia attended New York University, which was his fathers alma mater.
Right out of college Garcia started a technology consulting company, Etectonics, providing services to professional firms in New York, including the United Nations and New York Public Library.
He then transitioned out of his company, though it still runs without him, to receive his MBA from NYU. Garcia is now combining his love for technology and politics by developing an online platform to support and tackle the main challenges of funding, campaigning and networking for individuals running for higher public office in the United States.
Although Garcia attended Scarsdale High School for two years and has gone on to great success, he has never forgotten Scarsdale. In fact, he works tirelessly as the president of the Scarsdale Alumni Association . Garcia said he feels a strong bond to Scarsdale and wants to support Scarsdale alumni in any way he or the SAA can.
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