(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Encouraged by her father, Sabrina Wicker was determined to finish what she started and obtain her college degree. The Lubbock native studied Digital Media Design at Texas State Technical College, and now she is ready to share her creative side with the world after graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree.
“When I walked into my first class, the students thought I was the instructor,” she said. “That gave me a good giggle. But my favorite memory was when I presented my final project, a website. It sounds simple, but it was then that I knew I could finish school.”
Though there was a happy ending, Wicker faced a few personal barriers on her road to graduation.
“I have always had anxiety about school,” she said. “I never had confidence in my ability, so finishing that website was a huge accomplishment for me.”
While credit is due to Wicker for finishing her journey, she did have an additional boost of confidence in knowing that her biggest fan was right beside her to encourage her along the way.
“My dad always had faith,” Wicker said. “He took every opportunity to encourage and support me. He is actually my hero. He knows hardship and how to overcome every obstacle. He is always teaching me to trust myself.”
Although the pandemic caused the spring semester to end differently than she and her classmates had expected, the impact TSTC had on her is evident.
“I now have the confidence and skills to move forward,” she said. “My instructors were wonderful and very supportive. They brought their professional understanding to class, and I feel I now have real-world experience. My instructors were all so patient, and I had an opportunity to learn from every bump in the road. It was life-changing.”
Enrollment for the fall semester is underway. To learn more about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.