Finding the motivation to move forward
Student of the Week: Andres Garza Jr.
"I keep myself motivated by imagining how well my future is going to be once I finish my degree. I also keep motivated by my friends and family who tell me that I can do it.”
No matter your age, college is achievable for anyone as long as you have the motivation to keep moving forward, according to Andres Garza.
Entering South Texas College in high school, Andres completed an associate degree in Criminal Justice and entered STC full-time in fall 2019. He is now studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BASOL) with the hopes of entering a career as a Customs officer.
“I chose STC out of all the other colleges and universities because the cost is affordable compared to other places, and it allows me to stay with my family because of how close it is,” Andres said. “I just study what has to be learned and try my best in the class. I keep myself motivated by imagining how well my future is going to be once I finish my degree. I also keep motivated by my friends and family that tell me that I can do it.”
STC’s BASOL program focuses on skills that help students prepare for a position of leadership in business, government, non-profit, or educational organizations. It’s also a competency-based degree, which takes into account the college credit students have already taken as well as skills they have developed through work and life. This feature enables students to move through the curriculum faster than a traditional degree.
The upper division courses enable students to solve real-world business problems and demonstrate new skills through a final project that will be part of their portfolio for future opportunities. This type of personal attention helps students succeed and be ready to take on more challenges in today’s workplace.
Andres said the BASOL program, along with his participation in the Student Ambassador Club and Student Government Association, have helped him make the most of his time at South Texas College.
“To everyone who is afraid that college is not meant for them, don't believe that,” Andres said. “It doesn't matter about your age. I started taking classes when I was 16 and I have made friends with people who were in their 50s. All you need is motivation to keep you going forward.
“When you're studying for a test or assignment, don't overdo it,” he said. “It is best to take long study breaks, so your mind can cool off. Also, if any of you are going through for an Associate's of Criminal Justice, I recommend Professor Oscar Garza. He has helped me along the way to where I am at now. Go Jaguars!!”