Student of the Week: Susana Adams

Immersed in culture, and brandishing a deep affection for writing and literature, Susana Adams says her appreciation for the languages of the world will take her far into a career as an international translator for the United Nations. Born in McAllen, Susana is a graduate from Mission Veterans Memorial High School. Of mixed European descent, she said she is part French, Spanish and German. Now studying world languages, Susana said she is fluent in Spanish and French. “This is why I love languages,” Susana said. “My grandmother is from Bordeaux in France, and she had a really hard … Read More …

Student of the week: Obed Garcia

Following many years of job experience in a variety of fields, Obed Garcia says he most recently put aside a successful career in sales to come back to school after more than 20 years. Self-described as a full-time student and full-time dad, Obed believes it’s never too late to begin a new life. Originally from Laredo, Obed graduated high school in 1997, and shortly after went into the Marines. His many experiences have included a stint with the management team at Sears, a career in international sales with an oilfield company, and opening his commercial landscaping business, which he did … Read More …

Student of the week: Juan Manuel Hernandez

Juan Manuel Hernandez talks about his motivation to return to school despite not being a full-time student since he graduated high school in 1978.   Hernandez, 58, is a veteran and former aviation mechanic from 1978 until 1995. Once he retired from the military, Hernandez said he began working at the Evins Juvenile Detention Center in Edinburg where he worked for the next 16 years. “I don’t let it bother me,” Hernandez says of the age gap between him and other students. “I am here to get a better education and to get a better job. South Texas College is here to help and guide me … Read More …

Student of the Week: Iliana Martinez

Self-described as world traveled and fearless, Iliana Martinez says that seeing different cultures and learning new languages has prepared her to obtain the educational goals she has always dreamed of.    Over the course of 15 years, Iliana says she has lived in Nigeria, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States. “After seeing much of the world, I think I am more open-minded,” she said. “Adaptability is an important thing. When I first moved to another country it was a culture shock. I began learning Bahasa in Malaysia, and my kids picked up Chinese when we were … Read More …

Student of the Week: Karen Chavana

When approaching her education, Karen Chavana says she learned all she could from the musings of Dr. Seuss. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. It is a quote that shaped her philosophy to learning, Karen says. Originally from Sullivan City, Karen says her motivation to enter college allowed her to skip her junior year in high school while pursuing a medical degree. Initially attending school at IDEA Public Schools in Mission, Karen says opted to apply to STC during her sophomore year. “I just did it on my own,” … Read More …

Student of the Week: Cruz Mata

Returning to school after more than 20 years, Cruz Mata says her experiences in life have shaped her approach to education and where she wants to be in the future. Raising a family and also spending years volunteering her time at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco have enabled her to decide on her path in life. Born in San Juan, Cruz said she was a migrant in high school. She left school after she became married during her senior year, three months before she was slated graduate. “I never was able to go back to school. I had kids, and I put my school on the backburner,” Cruz said. “I … Read More …

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, … Read More …

Student of the Week: Christian Adame

Originally from Tamaulipas, Christian Adame says he grew on the ranchlands in Mexico. Often helping his father as a laborer, Christian says his biggest dream was to receive an education and obtain a better quality of life for himself and his family. Fast-forward more than five years, today Christian is a CNC programmer in the making at South Texas College. Arriving to the United States from Mexico when he was a freshman in high school, Christian said he began taking manufacturing classes his junior year and eventually picked up welding. “Coming here to the United States has opened the … Read More …