Motivated by the future
Student of the Week: Joshua Santos
Approaching college with a positive attitude every day, Joshua Santos says he is receiving an education to make his life better with knowledge.
Motivated by his future, and to help the family business, Joshua said he entered STC in the fall of 2014 and received his associate degree in Kinesiology in 2018. He is now pursuing his Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BASOL).
“I chose STC as my ideal place to begin my college education because I wanted to start off getting my associate degrees here first and experiencing the college life,” Joshua said. “Once I found out that STC allowed student to earn a bachelor’s degree here, I decided to stay at STC and pursue my bachelor’s.”
Heavily involved on campus, Joshua has participated in intramural sports as well as Student Leadership Academy. He is currently employed by Student Activities and Wellness at STC’s Mid Valley Campus.
“My experience at STC has been excellent. Meeting new professors each semester is incredible; the advisor was helpful when I need to sign up for classes for next semester,” Joshua said. “I have work-study at STC with student activities and wellness. My bosses are amazing and helpful, and they also motivate me to be the best of myself every day.”
“I chose STC as my ideal place to begin my college education because I wanted to start off getting my associate degrees here first and experiencing the college life.”
The Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership is the first competency-based bachelor's degree from a Texas public institution that enables students to receive college credit for courses they have already taken and developed through work and life.
The degree focuses on skills that will help prepare students for a position of leadership in business, government, non-profit, or educational organizations. 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.
“Success in college is a great accomplishment, (and) knowing that all the hard work you spend studying for quizzes or exams will pay off and that you are one step closer to your dream job,” Joshua said. “To my peers at STC, I advise that they spend more time at the CLE and be familiar with all the STC resources. Spend time at the library. Ask questions after class if you did not understand the material during class so the professors can explain it to you better.”