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Palomino Returns to TSTC to Aid in Student Life

Monday, February 25, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

PalominoBelinda Palomino quickly realized the importance of a postsecondary education. Now she’s hoping to provide a fun environment for the students at Texas State Technical College.

Palomino graduated from San Benito High School in 2007 and at that point decided to take some time off from school.

“I learned really fast that in order to find a good job you were going to need a college education,” Palomino said. “So I came to TSTC and got involved.”

Involved could be an understatement. For a short time, Palomino was practically the face of TSTC. She served as Student Government Association president and Palomino was also crowned Ms. TSTC at the 2009 pageant.

By the spring of 2010, Palomino was done with her basic academic courses and transferred to the University of Texas-Pan American where she completed her bachelor’s in communications studies with a minor in criminal justice.

But despite applying and searching for a job, Palomino couldn’t catch a break.

“I started applying for non-degree jobs and they’d tell me I was overqualified,” she said. “And for the jobs that required degrees, I didn’t have enough experience.”

Then came a small break.

TSTC was hiring a supervisor for student activities. While at UTPA, Palomino worked as a student activates assistant. She also worked in the office of financial aid and was a member of the Kappa Delta Chi sorority.

So working in student life was right up her alley.

“It was perfect, I’d been a student at TSTC and was involved in student life so I applied,” Palomino said. “In my opinion, it was the worst interview. I was so nervous because I really wanted the job. But thankfully I got it and now I work here.”

At the tender age of 23, Palomino’s life has come full circle in a sense as she now oversees all student activities and the SGA on the same campus where her higher education began. She’s been the supervisor of student activities for the past six months.

“I enjoy helping students develop their communication skills and find their identity in college,” Palomino said.

Palomino has presented new ideas to assess the activities on campus to help improve the quality of what she called “purposeful programming.” Palomino would also like to see an increase in school spirit at TSTC.

She noted the hand signs embraced by larger universities like the horns at The University of Texas. Palomino would like to organize a contest for students to come up with something that represents TSTC.

“I love being here right now,” Palomino said. “This is where I belong right now and I’m excited to get my career started at TSTC.”

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