Everything is Possible
Student of the Week: Monique Salinas
Growing up in a small town, Monique Salinas said she never took for granted the opportunities that came her way and made the best with what she was given.
Inspired at a young age to work with children, Rio Grande City native, Salinas, 21, said her natural affinity for mentorship is leading her to a career in education.
Salinas said her experiences at South Texas College have helped her become a better mentor for her future students.
“My first job was at a day care working with kids, and working with them made me want to become a teacher so that I could help others like them succeed in life and better themselves,” Salinas said. “Everyone from my family to the teachers I have met at STC have all inspired me. The experience has been great. They have helped me become a better person as I continue to learn more and meet new people.”
STC’s Associate of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies provides students with a broad-based education in college basics that promotes critical thinking skills and allows for an opportunity to make an informed choice in educational preferences.
The program offers study pathways in life science, physical science, computer applications, engineering, mathematics, and allied health sciences. It is this unique flexibility within the degree that allows students the ability to develop individualized transfer pathways that can be used towards the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in any science related-discipline.
Salinas said she will utilize her degree to pursue her career in teaching.
“It may seem hard to find success in a small city like Rio Grande City, but it’s still possible to be inspired by others and to really help out wherever you can,” Salinas said. “Just follow your dreams and never give up. I know it's a struggle, getting to where you want to be, but you have to get there no matter what. If it takes years, days or months you have to be ready to achieve your goals and accomplish what you want to do in life.”
“It may seem hard to find success in a small city like Rio Grande City, but it’s still possible to be inspired by others and to really help out wherever you can…I know it's a struggle, getting to where you want to be, but you have to get there no matter what.”