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Student of the Week: Sanobia-Ashley Bogle

Faculty at STC say Sanobia-Ashley Bogle brings a wealth of life experience to the classroom that inspires her peers to achieve more in their pursuit of an education. She is a licensed massage therapist and says she has always been inspired to help people deal with their internal problems. Originally from Miami, Sanobia is a married mother of two coming back to school after 13 years in order to work on her degree as a Physical Therapist. “I have grandmothers who have arthritis and as a girl I would always offer to rub their knees, I would always say ‘Maybe you need to stretch them’ I was … Read More …

Student of the Week: Ira Juarez

Ira Juarez believes a positive mindset sets a strong example for her family and herself. It has helped her despite being out of high school for a year and half to obtain her residency.  In the beginning, Ira was nervous about returning to school or even wanting to go to college. However, an opportunity presented itself and she found herself graduating from South Palms in Weslaco in 2015 and transitioned straight into college. Today, she is a teacher in the making at South Texas College. “I’m currently working on my Associates of Arts and plan to graduate fall 2018,”said Ira. “I … Read More …

Student of the Week: Esmeralda Mendez

Inspired by her mother, who returned to college later in life to pursue a better life for her family, Esmeralda Mendez says she was introduced to hard work at an early age. Recalling the late nights when she would often fall asleep on the kitchen table studying with her mother, that experience gave her the insight into the mindset needed to eventually finish college, she said. Esmeralda is a Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA) student pursuing an associate degree in Biology, and will be receiving her degree this coming May before graduating high school. After high school, … Read More …

Student of the Week: Adrian Gonzalez

When it comes to talking about his approach to higher education, Adrian Gonzalez says it doesn’t matter how long it takes to finish, what matters is the journey. He has made no excuses for his failures, and is highly motivated to make something of himself despite being out of school for so long. Today, Adrian is a Physical Therapist Assistant in the making at South Texas College. A graduate of Economedes High School in 2003, Adrian says it was time to make his return back to school after being out for more than 12 years. “I went straight to college at UTPA”, Adrian said. “Eventually, … Read More …

Student of the Week: Debanhi Perez

Debanhi Perez says she has always been oriented to helping those in need. In high school, she fostered this talent by taking advantage of clinical visits and working with patients from an early age to guide her future career in nursing. Now in her first year at South Texas College (STC), Debanhi says she is pursuing her degree in order to become a trauma nurse, rendering care to patients suffering serious and life-threatening injuries. “It’s very fast paced, and it involves people who come in with extensive injuries, but I am fascinated with that environment,” she said. “I can’t see … Read More …

Student of the Week: Marina Martinez

Faculty at South Texas College (STC) say Marina Martinez is an excellent student. With her academic work and her approach to school, Marina is never afraid to provide a helping hand. In her role as a student mentor, Marina tries to share a bit of her backstory with new students to help them transition into a college-going culture. “I love being a student mentor,” she said. “I appreciate helping students with everything from financial aid, admissions, and advising. After I do I my basics and get my associate degree in criminal justice, I hope to get into the FBI and enter … Read More …

Student of the Week: Alexandra Ruvalcaba

Through the motivation of her family, which instilled in her the value of hard work and determination, Alexandra Ruvalcaba says she is one step closer to achieving her goals of one day entering medical school to study obstetrics. Alexandra,17, is currently participating in the Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA) Program at South Texas College and is a prospective graduate, not only from STC, but from Donna North High School. Despite the challenge of balancing full-time college work, the demands of high school, and a variety of extra-curricular activities, Alexandra says has … Read More …

Student of the Week: Dallas Gonzalez

After taking some time off after high school, Dallas Gonzalez found himself relocating from North Carolina to the Rio Grande Valley to further his education. He arrived at South Texas College last fall. Gonzalez says he hopes to pursue a career that will fulfill his newfound love for learning, and is striving to become a philosophy professor as he aims to obtain his degree in philosophy. “At one point, I didn’t appreciate education as much as I do now. When I started attending college, there was just something in me that said I do not want to be working as a janitor for the rest of my … Read More …