Push your limits
Student of the Week: Mariela Resendez
“In order to succeed, you need to push your limits. My goals are sky high and I have been reaching them slowly but surely. My family and friends believe in me which means I know I can believe in myself. I will be able to live my best life as long as I keep on pushing for the best.”
In order to succeed, you need to push your limits, according to Mariela Resendez.
Through the support of family and friends, Mariela says she is inspired to live her best life and push for the best opportunities available through an education at South Texas College.
Mariela has been attending STC since her freshman year in high school when she began taking college algebra. She is now studying for a degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant while managing a job outside of college.“South Texas College is extremely affordable and there are great professors that are very passionate about their work. It is the ideal school to start off with your basics,” Mariela said. “I have had an excellent experience with STC.
“Since I work while going to school, my motivation is to keep on pushing forward because the reward at the end will be worth it,” she said. “It is tough being a college student and working, but it has made me such a responsible individual. It has also made me realize that while work will always be there, my studies won't. I need to keep fighting for my goal and hope to succeed.”
The OTA two-year program prepares individuals for careers as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA).
COTAs assist patients to develop life skills by providing services with the ultimate goal of increasing their independence in daily functioning.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Mariela said she is planning to get her certificate in OTA, and eventually pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy down the road.“In order to succeed, you need to push your limits,” Mariela said. “My goals are sky high and I have been reaching them slowly but surely. My family and friends believe in me which means I know I can believe in myself. I will be able to live my best life as long as I keep on pushing for the best.”