STC a 'hidden gift' for future psychologist
Student of the Week: Susana Rivera
The staff at South Texas College became more than mentors. They became her family. They always offer guidance, encouragement and a safe space to explore life's many options.
South Texas College Psychology student Susana Rivera’s story stands as a testament that opportunities can arise in the most unexpected places.
Rivera was born in the Rio Grande Valley but grew up in Arkansas, eventually returningto the Valley after high school.
Looking to follow in her mother’s footsteps, who has a master’s degree in Psychology, Rivera began exploring her options.
“Mental health has played an important role in my life...my sister struggles with it,” said Rivera. “So, I’ve known for a long time that psychology and helping others is my passion.”
Susana’s aunt, who works at the college’s testing center, encouraged her to explore STC’s Psychology program and the work opportunities on campus.
"I wasn't planning on attending South Texas College originally, but STC became a hidden gift for me," said Rivera.
Rivera is now expected to graduate with her associate degree in Psychology this summer with plans to transfer to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and she said the STC community has made a significant impact on her.
“The staff at South Texas College became more than mentors. They became her family,” she said. “They always offer guidance, encouragement and a safe space to explore life's many options.”
She added that it’s the one-on-one attention she received from instructors and the support she also found beyond the classroom, that influenced her success at STC.
Throughout her educational journey at STC, Rivera has also worked with Student Activities, encouraging other students to enjoy what the college has to offer.
"Everyone at STC has been incredibly helpful and they truly push you to your full potential," said Rivera. “I also appreciate being given the opportunity to work on campus for and with my fellow peers.”
Overall, Rivera said she is thankful for STC, the skills, relationships and friendships that she knows she will carry with her forever.
And while she may not have all of the answers to her future or her future career in psychology, she is excited to dive deeper into the world of mental health and begin conducting hands-on clinical studies.