Now Is The Time
Student of the Week: April Guajardo
“Starting college is all about good timing. You need a lot of focus, and while everyone does have ups and downs in their life, timing definitely means finding the effort to put towards your studies. College is not about just cruising by. You have to make sure you put in the time and energy to do the work.”
As a single parent and mentor to a teenage daughter, April Guajardo believes there is no time to waste when it comes to receiving an education.
Now pursuing her second degree at South Texas College, April said learning about time management is one of the most important things you can do as you embark on your education.
“Starting college is all about good timing,” April said. “You need a lot of focus and while everyone does have ups and downs in their life, timing definitely means finding the effort to put towards your studies.
“College is not about just cruising by,” she said. “You have to make sure you put in the time and energy to do the work.”
April received her associate degree in Marketing in spring 2021 and is now working for her bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership. She hopes to enter a career in marketing once she graduates.
“I have always enjoyed helping in the community with all the different ideas they can be involved in and how to get the information out there,” April said. “
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.
While at STC, in addition to working for degree in BASOL, April has also been active in intramural sports as well as Student Government Association.
“I am always sure to tell my daughter to never give up when it comes to school because it’s so important for her future and career,” April said. “I tell her that if she wants to be the person who goes beyond that entry-level position then she has to go to college. No doubt about it.”