Sticking to Valley Roots
Student of the Week: Victor Trevino
STC nursing student and Rio Grande City native Victor Trevino is firm on sticking to his Valley roots and wants to give back to his rural hometown as a medical professional. He will earn his Associate in Nursing Spring 2023.
“I want to stay and give as much back to my hometown, and I thought STC would be the beginning to that.”
Growing up in a historically underserved community, Victor Trevino said he saw first-hand the need for medical professionals in his hometown.
Wanting from an early age to make a difference, Trevino said he was surrounded by family who had the same mindset. With older siblings joining the medical field, he said it was only natural that he follow in their footsteps.
“I’m excited to go into the medical field because I know there are many clinics understaffed especially in my area,” Trevino said. “It helps reassure me that I will be needed in a place that needs the help.”
The nineteen-year-old is currently working on his nursing prerequisites at the Starr County Campus and seeks to begin his Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at McAllen’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus this fall. STC’s nursing program will be extremely beneficial as he begins to immerse himself in his community, he said.
“My final goal is to become an anesthesiologist and serve my community,” he said. “I want to stay (in Rio Grande City) and give as much back to my hometown, and I thought STC would be the beginning to that.”
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program seeks to prepare students with the basic competencies to become safe practitioners in the healthcare field. Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing and the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), graduates can work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, among other areas.
Trevino said he can always look for inspiration among his siblings and relatives who are currently in the medical field serving as nurses in their own communities.
He currently serves as Vice President of Starr County Campus’ Biology Club as a way to give back to students, he said.
“I’ve always liked the medical profession and was surrounded by it as kid with my older sisters being nurses themselves and it’s just something I wanted to follow in,” he said. “It’s fun to be involved with the campus and community because I’m meeting new people with the same interest as me and I get to organize events and distribute work to members.”
After earning his Associate Degree in Nursing, he plans to stick to his Valley roots and attend UTRGV for his bachelor's and master’s degree.
“Don’t stop studying, you come first,” he advises to his peers.