I believe some of us have taken class with him or have seen him at the University of Nevada, Reno. Will Carrasco, is currently pursuing his Masters in Information System, after graduating from Bachelors in Information System in December of 2016. Youngest of three brothers, Will was born and raised in beautiful Smith Valley in Lyon County Nevada and is hour and half drive from Reno.
Besides studies during his time-off, as a rancher he follows his passion of hunting, maybe in Nevada, California and Colorado. His non-fear hunting passion started at the age of 12, is intertwined with his family and friends. About 5years ago he was recognized with an award called, ‘Record Book’ for hunting down biggest lion in Nevada. Besides Lion, he has targeted Deer, Antelope, Wild Pig and Bear and is a member of Big Horns Club. His hunting passion and record appears in Nevada BigHorns Unlimited.
Every day we hear exceptional achievements by men and women. However, when a differently-abled shows extra-ordinary courage to trail the path he believes in, its noteworthy. I can see through, Will who aspires to get more involved into ‘Data Science’ will be standing in the wall of fame in near future. Will Carrasco, had a rare genetic disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SME), which was officially diagnosed when he was 2 years old. SME involves loss of nerve cells called motor neurons in the spinal cord, leads to weakness and atrophy of muscles used for activities such as crawling, walking, sitting and controlling head movement. Despite this, I haven’t seen him missing any class and alertly answers any pop-up questions by the professor.
Many of us take our lives for granted and constantly complain and make excuses for our shortfalls. But for Will, his every day inspiration comes from the syntax, he says very often, ‘Don’t have any choice’. He wanted to be self-sufficient and don’t visualize any difficulties in his current life. When I asked tell me about your best moment so far he said, “for many individuals graduation is! But for me, I have no option. I have to do it”. Will toughly considers, there are two ways to live your life, either live a miserable life or live an easy life by dealing difficulties every day.
When asked, are people nice to you, an outspoken Will says, ‘Yes! But you know, I am also not nice all the time’. Words by Mahatma Gandhi perfects fits his grit, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”. I wish him great success, as he is destined to overcome any odds that may want to limit him. Next time when you see him at UNR, stop by and say Hi!!
Photo credit: Smith Valley
Writing on ‘Steel Willed, Will Carrasco’ is in continuation of my reflection to contribute to Vibrant Healthy Communities. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!