(HARLINGEN) – Marcus Ortiz is a student at Texas State Technical College pursuing an associate degree in Biology. The San Benito native is expected to graduate Spring 2017.
The 21-year-old said he first became interested in biology as a student at San Benito High School. He loved doing science experiments for class and for fun, and always wanted to learn more.
When Ortiz is not in class or in the library studying, he is at the Talent Management and Career Services Office where he is a student worker.
After I graduate I will be transferring to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to pursue a bachelor’s degree in forensic science. I hope to someday also earn a master’s degree in my field.
What’s your dream job?
I dream of doing investigative work for the CIA or the FBI. I want to solve mysteries, and my education and degrees are going to help me do that.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
Besides hopefully graduating next semester, my greatest accomplishment is learning how to be a better test taker. I used to get so nervous taking tests that I would fail. Now, I have learned how to control and manage my nerves because this is a huge part of earning my degrees and reaching my goal.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
I have learned not to give up on myself no matter how hard school or life gets. I have been able to pick myself up each time a challenge gets thrown my way and push forward.
Who has influenced your success the most?
I have to say my family – my grandparents especially – have influenced my success the greatest. They have always advised me to trust in God even in my darkest days; to never look back, always forward; and to do what makes me happy.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
I want to tell other students to never let anyone bring them down. They should follow their dreams and do whatever makes them happy. Never give up.