(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Roxanna “Roxy” Marfileno is studying Surgical Technology at Texas State Technical College and recently hit a roadblock in her studies because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The lack of personal protective equipment around the country has led facilities to recommend that students stop visiting hospitals at this time. However, despite her clinicals being on pause, the 31-year-old Harlingen native is ready to get to work as soon as her time at TSTC comes to a close.
Why did you decide to study at TSTC?
It’s close to home, and I had heard great things about the variety of different programs offered.
What are some of the things you most enjoy about TSTC?
I like how the campus buildings are close together. The class sizes are small and you get personalized attention, which is helpful and makes it easier to learn.
Why did you decide to study Surgical Technology?
I have always been interested in working in the health care industry. I have a background in the field and previously worked at Valley Baptist Medical Center, and I loved my job, but I knew I was meant to do more for patients than registration. Being given the opportunity to be a part of the Surgical Technology program is a great experience. When I first started class, I had no idea what I was doing. After eight months of being in the program, I can say that I have gained the knowledge and confidence I need. There is always going to be room for improvement, but I believe that this program has given me the skills and hands-on experience to have the confidence in this profession.
Who at TSTC has had a large impact on you?
Honestly, everyone that I have met while being a student has impacted me in a different way. Previous instructors that I’ve had have been very helpful in my learning process.
What has been one of your favorite memories at TSTC so far?
I have made many great memories while attending TSTC, but the best memories are the ones I have made with my classmates and instructors in the Surgical Tech program.
Do you have any words of inspiration for other students who may be facing hard times right now because of COVID-19?
Do not give up! Times are hard, but this will pass. Just keep pushing.
What advice do you have for students about to enter college in the fall?
It’s never too late to continue your education and become what you want to be. After 10 years of not going to school, I decided to continue my education. And believe me, it was the best decision I ever made.
To learn more about programs at TSTC, visit tstc.edu.