Leading healthier lives through knowledge
Student of the Week: Aisha Yajaira Reyes
At the time, STC was offering awesome grants and financial assistance because of COVID-19, (and) it was a relief fund grant that was perfect for me in order to start my college career.
Aisha Yajaira Reyes, dedicated to academic pursuits and extracurricular involvement, has earned her this week’s honor of STC Student of the Week.
For four years, her mother dropped her off at Beta High School, where she would catch the bus that transported her to the Science Academy of South Texas High School.
This daily routine instilled in Reyes a sense of resiliency and determination, which continues to define her approach to education.
When it was time to start her college journey, Reyes took her financial circumstances into account and Aisha’s decision was guided to STC for its affordability.
“At the time, STC was offering awesome grants and financial assistance because of COVID-19, said Reyes. “It was a relief fund grant that was perfect for me in order to start my college career.”
Reyes is currently finishing her associate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and is looking to complete her degree this summer.
Looking ahead, Reyes envisions herself becoming a physical therapist.
“When I was younger, I had many health issues, and it opened up that curiosity. I always wanted to know more about my body,” Reyes said.
Her unwavering determination to help others recover and lead healthier lives through knowledge has made her the student she is today.
Reyes’ journey at South Texas College goes beyond the classroom, exemplifying her enthusiasm for personal growth.
Her encounter with Daniel Garza, a dedicated student specialist at South Texas College, got her thinking about joining the Student Activities Department.
Her participation in student life has allowed her to come out of her shell.
“I am so happy that I joined. It has opened so many doors for me,” she said.
Through her involvement, Reyes was able to travel with the Student Activities department to Austin where she attended a summit featuring motivational speakers, offering her invaluable experiences.
Reyes said the bonds formed through projects within the Student Activities department have brought her closer to her co-workers, who have become lifelong friends.
She acknowledges that STC has played a crucial role in helping her grasp the essence and significance of a college education.
Guided by her favorite quote, “Work hard in silence and let your success be your noise,” Reyes is inspired to learning and growing.
Reyes’ journey has been marked by determination and wanting more for herself, and as she looks ahead to the future, she envisions herself owning a physical therapy practice.
She will continue her education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley after graduating, but she added that although her story will continue, her gratitude for STC will last forever.