Special to the Star
Mariela Ramirez, 20, is pursuing an associate degree in Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics at Texas State Technical College.
The Harlingen native maintains an impressive 3.9 grade-point average while working as a mentor with the TSTC Office of Student Success.
What are your plans after graduation?
This month I will begin an internship with Garver, an engineering, planning, architectural and environmental services firm, in Harlingen and hopefully if all goes well I will be hired at the end of my internship and gain employment immediately upon graduating.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job is to become an architectural engineer or civil engineer. I’ve always had a fascination on how things work and are built so I hope to continue this curiosity by also pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
My greatest accomplishment is my GPA. I’ve been listed on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll and the Vice Chancellor’s Honor Roll for my grades. It’s been a great honor.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
The greatest lesson I have learned is that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to find success. Success isn’t handed over on a silver platter and opportunity doesn’t seek you; you seek opportunity.
Who at TSTC has had the greatest influence on your success?
My supervisors Jennifer Porras, pre-technology advisor, and Norma Salazar, director of instructional tutoring, have had the greatest influence on my success. They are the best motivators and are always pushing us to be the best self we can be for those we mentor.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
My advice for future TSTC students is to never give up; keep going. School is not a race and can be done at a person’s own pace. What matters is that you finish. There’s no exact time frame.