Rudy was born in the U.S. but grew up in Mexico, where he attended a very poor school that provided him next to nohing in the way of education. Rudy compensated by devouring massive quantities of information independently to teach himself years' worth of material in less than one month. When his parents sent him to the U.S. in 7th grade, he learned English in just 6 months. In high school he was moved from ESL directly into Honors classes and was currently ranked 15th in his class of 625. He worked very hard to excel in English and also held leadership positions in History Club, Choir, Academic Decathlon and the swim team. After school, he worked a full job at HEB to contribute to his family. He is the first in his family to attend college and feels tremendous pressure to succeed, "I am the only person who can help my family out of their poverty."