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Student Success Profile – Thalia Gutierrez

(HARLINGEN) – Thalia Gutierrez Thalia Gutierrez is pursuing an associate degree in Education and Training at Texas State Technical College. She expects to graduate in Spring 2020.

In addition to studying, the Harlingen native finds yourself busy serving as the secretary of the Pool Sharks, TSTC billiard club, and as the newly elected Student Government Associate Vice President.

The 19-year-old also makes time to give back to her community by spending her free time volunteering at the Harlingen Humane Society, the recycling center and nursing homes.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduating from TSTC I hope to transfer to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for a bachelor’s degree in education.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to become a teacher at a local elementary school to inspire young children’s’ lives. I have a quote that I live by, “To aspire, to inspire before I expire,” and I feel like I can achieve this through teaching.

What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?

My greatest accomplishment while at TSTC has been learning how to trust myself and my abilities. I’ve always been scared to grab opportunities, take chances and put myself out there, but during my time here at TSTC I have learned that I can do more than I ever expected I could. Part of this newfound confidence comes from being active on campus and meeting so many people that believe in me.

What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?

I have learned that no matter what it is important to lend a helping hand to everyone. There is always someone who is in need of a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on and we all have to be there for each other. It’s the goodness to life. And we must do these things without expecting anything in return. It’s enough just putting a smile on someone’s face and knowing that we have made a difference.

Who at TSTC has influenced your success the most?

Rick Santos, former SGA Vice President and my friend, has had the most influence in my success and in life. He has pushed me to believe in myself. He is the one who encouraged me to become active on campus and because of him I have had doors open for me filled with endless opportunities.

What is your advice for future TSTC students?

I want to advice future and current students to get involved with campus organizations or community service throughout their communities. It is a great feeling being able to help the college and make a difference. Jump in and don’t look back, because all of the opportunities and all of the good things are outside of the comfort zone.

Written by Amanda Sotelo Sotelo on April 3, 2017
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