Lead Student Success Specialist
"It's not what the world holds for you, it's what you bring to it." Anne of Green Gables
As a Lead Student Success Specialist, I get to work with a team of incredible people
who are passionate about helping students to succeed here at Texas Tech. We work together
to support students and make sure they get connected with the right campus resource
for their needs.
I graduated from the College of Education at Texas Tech with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and a minor in Spanish. After completing my undergrad, I worked as a bilingual teacher at a Dual Language elementary school here in town. My job in this role was Student Success, just working with little people instead of adults! One of my favorite experiences in this position was serving as a Mentor Teacher for the Tech Teach program. I loved getting to coach future teachers and watching them grow more confident in their abilities.
When I'm not at work, you can find me filling up my phone with pictures of the newest addition to our family, my son Owen. (I'm always happy to share a picture or two... or three...) When he goes to bed, which is still super early, my husband (and best friend) Jason and I wind down by watching an episode of one of our favorite shows. When I'm not spending time with my two favorite guys, I like to grab a local latte or aimlessly stroll the aisles of Target. Bonus points if I'm sipping the latte at Target!
.5Years in Higher Ed
.5Years at TTU
Ask me about:
My favorite thing about Texas Tech.
To me, one of the coolest things about Texas Tech is all the Spanish influence. The architecture was modeled after the city where I studied abroad – Salamanca, Spain. The original name of the football team was The Matadors, after Spanish bull fighters. The yearbook has a clever name, La Ventana, since it's a “Window” into life at Texas Tech. These little nods at Spanish culture are everywhere!
My secret talent.
I'm a puzzle queen! The only puzzle that has ever stumped me is one of Van Gogh's Starry Night. I usually box my puzzles back up and sell them at garage sales when I'm through with them, but I'll be framing that one... if I ever finish it!
The best thing I was involved in during my undergrad.
All four years of my undergrad I was on the Tech Activities Board, now called Student
Activities Board. I was on the Daytime Committee, where we focused on events that
took place during the day. My favorite events were the “make and take” activities.
I still have my custom street sign, leather bracelet, and mini photo flipbooks. During
my time in TAB, I made friends who I still keep in touch with today, developed many
personal and professional skills, and had so much fun!
My biggest facepalm moment.
When my (now) mother-in-law graduated with her Master's, my husband told me that her official title was now "Grand Master"... and I believed him. I showed up at her graduation party and in front of all his family, who I barely knew, yelled "Congratulations, Grand Master Musquiz!" I don't think I'll ever live it down.
My Academic Journey
When I graduated high school, I chose Bilingual Education as a major because I knew two things: I loved Spanish and I loved working with kids. What I did not realize was just how far I was from being truly bilingual. I aced all my Spanish courses in high school all the way up to AP Spanish V, so I thought I was proficient... which is why I was shocked when I bombed the entrance exam to the Bilingual Education program. I was faced with a choice: switch my major to English as a Second Language or get serious about learning Spanish. I chose the latter. I studied abroad in Spain, listened to Spanish music, practiced speaking the language with my friends, and spent hours with the Spanish version of Eat, Pray, Love in one hand and a bilingual dictionary in the other. When I student taught in a bilingual classroom, I would end each day with a headache from language processing all day. I also added a Spanish minor, which I finished out with special permission to take a Master's level course because it was the only one that fit in my schedule. Becoming bilingual was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but I did it. I graduated as one of six certified bilingual educators in my class.