(HARLINGEN, Texas) -AnaDi Arispe is a student at Texas State Technical College, taking the prerequisite courses she needs to apply for TSTC’s Vocational Nursing program this fall.
The 34-year-old has worked as a licensed pharmacy technician for eight years and said that’s where her passion for nursing began. She expects to earn her certificate in vocational nursing in Fall 2020.
When the San Benito native is not in the classroom you can find her working with TSTC’s Leadership Academy and TSTC’s Service Squad. Through her participation in both organizations she has earned a President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 100 hours of community service.
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate I plan on returning to TSTC to pursue an associate degree in registered nursing.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job is to work in a hospital setting, ultimately ending up as an emergency room registered nurse. I love the fast-paced environment and the thought of always experiencing something different.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
My greatest accomplishment while at TSTC has been getting involved in on-campus organizations. This has changed my mindset and has helped me become more focused on my plans and goals. I feel it has also helped me grow as a person and find my voice.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
The greatest lesson I have learned is patience, especially being one of the older few in class. I constantly remind myself that education is not a race and it’s never too late to pursue your dream. My education is what’s going to help me become a better version of myself and all I have to do is continue believing that I can achieve what I set my mind to.
Who at TSTC has had the greatest influence on your success?
The person who has had the greatest influence on my success is TSTC Student Life coordinator Belinda Palomino. She is so dedicated to her work and her students. She’s a motivation and inspiration to all. She’s always pushing me to do more and to do better. She’s a great person and I really look up to her.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
My advice for future TSTC students is to be engaged; engaged in everything they do. Take advantage of all the resources TSTC offers; they want to see you succeed. All you have to do is go for it.