'I Turned My Life Around'
Student of the Week: Arlene Garza
“My personal experiences inspired my selected career choice with mental health and addiction. It’s a rough road that is rarely understood. I have made it out, turned my life around, and I would be highly honored to be given a chance to help others."
For Arlene Garza, personal experience in life has enabled her to seek a career dedicated to lifting those suffering from mental illness and addiction.
Arlene is currently attending STC in pursuit of an associate degree in Social Work. Her goal is to gain experience in local behavior centers to assist and equip patients with the life tools needed to manage their mental health she said.
After graduating, she plans to transfer to UTRGV to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in order to enter her desired career in Clinical Social Work.
“My personal experiences inspired my selected career choice with mental health and addiction,” Arlene said. “It’s a rough road that is rarely understood. I have made it out, turned my life around, and I would be highly honored to be given a chance to help others. STC is a great school. The staff, instructors, and students all inspire a positive mindset.”
The Associate of Arts in Social Work from STC is an excellent transfer program since the core curriculum parallels the first two years of most four-year social work degrees.
After completion of the degree, students are prepared to work in a variety of public and private social service settings including schools, hospitals, juvenile detention and residential facilities, crisis centers, information and referral programs, hospices, employee assistance programs, nursing homes, home health agencies and adult day care centers.
Students are well equipped to work within organizations and agencies which offer counseling services including children and families, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, pregnant teenagers and many other special populations.
“My parents are my biggest supporters. I am blessed to have them in my life. Having them in my corner gave me the courage to apply for STC earlier this year,” Arlene said. “The application process was easy, given that I had not been to school in a while. The advising staff is accommodating, knowledgeable, and understanding.
“For anyone reading this, future students, or someone looking for inspiration… It’s never too late to start; you are your biggest supporter,” Arlene said while also quoting American actor and singer Andre De Shields. “Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be.”