When Mario Gonzalez was a freshman at East Central University in Ada, he found himself in an unfortunate situation.
Gonzalez played football at ECU as a walk-on, but his playing career was cut short due to injuries. Rather than continuing to attend ECU, he transferred to Western Oklahoma State College, in his hometown of Altus, where he earned his associate degree in business administration.
Now 23, Gonzalez is a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma. Although he eventually left Altus to continue his education, Gonzalez said transferring to a community college for two years was a good decision for him.
Tuition was less expensive, he said, and going to school in Altus allowed him to save on living expenses by living with his parents.