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Jimenez Hones Leadership Skills at TSTC

Thursday, May 15, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Zizely Some folks are born leaders. Take for example San Benito's Anglai Zizely Jimenez.

The 20 year old started getting involved at a young age and by the time she was at San Benito High School, her resume was filling up.

From the soccer field to the Drafting Club and DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), an international association of high school and college students and teacher with a penchant for marketing and business, Jimenez was slowly but surely honing her leadership skills.

And when she arrived at Texas State Technical College as a freshman in the Fall 2012, she continued her strive to be a student leader.

"I started going with a friend to leadership workshops and before I knew it, I was a certified student leader," Jimenez said. "I had to decide if I wanted to just be a student or to come here and stay after hours and be a student leader for the benefit of the college and its students."

Obviously Jimenez chose the latter.

Jimenez recently graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics (ADEG) earlier this month. She is still enrolled at TSTC and is pursuing her second AAS in Engineering Science.

Jimenez is also serving as the Student Government Association Vice President. She ran for the same position last year but wasn't elected. She said deciding to run again was an easy decision.

"A lot of our students still don't know what we have to offer here," Jimenez said. "My goal or my job here is to promote these things like the MLA (Mustang Leadership Academy) so that students can take advantage."

Jimenez has also been instrumental in the revival of the ADEG Club. Dormant for a couple of years, Jimenez reactivated the club with the blessing of club sponsor and Engineering Division Director Hector Yanez.

"We had a join-a-club event and I noticed the ADEG Program didn't have a club," Jimenez said. "I asked Mr. Yanez about it and he said to go forward with it. Then I talked to Student Life officials and they said as long as I could get at least five students to sign up, we could be a club."

Jimenez got nearly 30 students to join the club and she currently serves the group as their president.

In two years at TSTC, Jimenez has been an active volunteer. She said the leadership roles she holds, she's earned and feels confident she can be of service to TSTC.

Jimenez is also in the process of developing an application for smart phones that provides different useful information to TSTC students like upcoming events, bookstore sales, book sales etc.

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