Student of the Week: Gerardo Farley
Dedicated to his future, Gerardo Farley says he comes to school every day with an open mind knowing that it is a world of possibilities. Faculty say Farley is always looking to do more to reach his goals and to make his family proud.
Currently a full-time student, Farley received his certification in electricity at South Texas College. Farley has returned to school to obtain his bachelor’s in organizational leadership.
“What brought me to South Texas College is that it was close to where I lived, and it's very affordable as well,” said Farley. “STC is really growing. You have several bachelor programs and associate degrees being offered right here in the valley.”
Farley expects to complete the program in two years and plans to transfer schools for his masters.
“I do plan to continue my education. I am looking to transfer to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or the University of Texas San Antonio for my master's degree,” said Farley. “After that, I plan to start looking into some management jobs within the city of McAllen.”
Farley shares with fellow students: “To those high school students that are not thinking about college, I would say do not rule education out, because education is the key to many doors opening for you.”
“To those high school students who are not thinking about college, I would say do not rule education out, because education is the key to many doors opening for you.”
Top three accomplishments:
“My first accomplishment is graduating high school and coming to college. Many students struggle with the decision alone to further their education after high school. Coming to college has been a fun experience.”
“My second goal is getting my apprentice certificate in electricity. Now that I have my certificate of electricity, I know I’ll be able to get a job somewhere.”
“A personal goal for myself is learning how to talk to people and just being familiar with them. Interaction is one of the best social skills you could ever have. So that's one thing I’ve learned coming to college.”