Student of the Week: Randy Barron
Despite his obstacles, Randy Barron says he has never let personal challenges distract him from achieving his goals.
Born with Spina bifida, Randy says that despite his circumstances he is excited for the future. South Texas College has enabled him to connect with faculty and peers in order to make the most of his education.
“I admit I have jumped around a lot while deciding on my degree, but I ended up choosing education,” Randy said. “I originally wanted to enter the special education field but I decided to study Spanish, and my goal is to become a high school teacher.”
A graduate of Nikki Rowe High School, Randy says he began taking college classes as a dual credit student. Once he completes his associate degree at STC, he plans to transfer to UTRGV to receive his bachelor degree in education.
“I always say ‘take it slow but be consistent,’” Randy says. “I don’t mind taking one or two classes a semester, but I am always sure to come to school year-round. I feel it’s also important to connect with your teachers. Tutors are very helpful to a certain extent, but going to the actual teacher is a whole other different experience.”
“I am glad that no matter my circumstances, I have never let anything or anybody distract me from achieving my goals. I have always strived and worked very hard to achieve anything I have set my mind to.”
“Last semester I received my teacher’s assistant certificate so to me, I am proud that so far I have received this STC certificate that shows what I have accomplished.”
“I am also the first in my family to come to college. That’s a big deal for most of us, and even though it can sometimes get overwhelming, I feel the finish line is close.”
“Finally, I am also glad that no matter my circumstances, I have never let anything or anybody distract me from achieving my goals. I have always strived and worked very hard to achieve anything I have set my mind to.”