Making the world a better place
Student of the Week: Liyah Uvalle
“I honestly just want to be able to make the world a better place."
Liyah Uvalle, an aspiring Texas game warden, is on the verge of completing her associate degree program at South Texas College.
Growing up, Uvalle's childhood was a journey marked by resilience. Raised by a single mother, she embraced a life that meant frequent moves from place to place. Despite what was going on in her personal life she was on a mission to make her mother proud by continuing her education.
“She not only just had me, but she also had to take care of my two younger siblings. I want to thank my mother for everything because she continues to support me in everything that I do,” said the 20-year-old.
Uvalle will receive her associate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in spring 2024. She plans on returning to STC to pursue a bachelor’s degree from one of our five bachelor’s degree programs.
Entranced by the role of game wardens, who safeguard not only people but also wildlife and the environment, Uvalle envisions a career where her efforts contribute to the betterment of society.
“I honestly just want to be able to make the world a better place,” said Uvalle.
Her engagement at STC goes beyond her academics. As a work-study employee with Student Activities, she contributes to the vibrant campus community, emphasizing the transformative impact of what the department can do.
Beyond her responsibilities as a work-study, Uvalle also has a deep passion for volleyball and actively participates in STC’s Intramural Sports. She not only enjoys the game, but she has also taken on a mentoring role, sharing her skills with her teammates this year.
“I started to play volleyball when I was in third grade, and I stayed consistent with the sport I am actually teaching some of my teammates this year,” she said. “Being a part of student activities has definitely taken me out of my shell.”
As she approaches the completion of her associate degree program, the chapters ahead promise further academic achievement and a continued impact on the STC community.