Student of the Week: Ilissa Valenciana

Ilissa Valenciana is a student that has set no limits to her career aspirations.

A graduate of Rio Grande City High School in 2012, by participating in the DEMSA program (Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy), she was able to graduate high school with an Associate degree in biology.

The Academy is designed to encourage area high school students into the health care professions by providing college course-work and health related opportunities that will motivate, educate, and prepare students for higher education in the field of medicine.

Now returning back to South Texas College, Ilissa is an outstanding student who is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Medical and Health Services Management.

“I was lost after graduation. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. So I asked my stepdad to help me figure out just what exactly I wanted to do,” Ilissa said.  “I’ve always been interested in the medical field, but I studied biology and soon realize it wasn’t what I liked. And this is still in the medical field but it’s different. I was nervous about taking this course, but I really like it”

Valenciana is expected to graduate in May of 2018, and hopes to continue her education by transferring and obtaining her Master’s degree

Valenciana shares to fellow students, “Don’t give up no matter how hard it gets. Even if your uncertain about what you want to do.  Set up goals weekly and try to accomplish them. Little by little you will get closer.”

Top accomplishments:

“I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last year. I’ve really pushed myself to be where I am today.  I’m so proud of myself because I wasn’t motivated in the beginning and I don’t know how I did it but I did.

“The biggest thing is to make my mom happy. I want my mom to have something that makes her proud of me. Graduating with my Bachelors is my next thing to accomplish “

“I realize I need to do what I have to do. From here on out, all I want to do is focus on my future. This is motivation for me.”

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