Student Success Specialist
"Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
My goal is to give students the tools necessary to have a fulfilling experience at Texas Tech University. College is much more than just obtaining a degree to get an "adult" job. It is about stepping out of your comfort zone, learning more about yourself and becoming more independent of the people you have relied on for the past 18 years! That process can be scary and hard. As a Student Success Specialist, I view my role in that process as being a sounding board for my students, guiding them to resources that can support their growth, and empowering them discover their "why".
Prior to coming into this position, I worked for 12 years in the Financial Aid Office at two community colleges before taking a position in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at TTU in 2022. I believe my experience in financial aid has helped me see a very real obstacle students face in pursuing a college degree - financial resources. One goal I have is helping students understand the financial aid process better. Many do not take advantage of scholarship opportunities or meet the important financial aid deadlines.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two incredible kids, who are married to wonderful people. I also have the most amazing granddaughter who is a joy to be around. I also enjoy traveling to beautiful places. I would love to visit all of the national parks in America.
13Years in Higher Ed
1Years at TTU
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The most inspiring part of my job.
I think college students today feel like they must show their friends or those who follow them on social media that they have it all together. As a result, they struggle finding the courage to reach out to others for help, so they do not realize all of the resources they have available to help them be successful. As I am learning, Texas Tech has resources for ALL aspects of a student's college journey. And they are always looking for additional ways to help students. I am inspired to work for a university that puts students first in all of their pursuits. I am honored to be able to help students locate the resources they need to be successful and help them get plugged in.
If I weren't so good at my job, I'd be a...
True-crime reporter or podcaster. Why people do the things they do intrigues me!
The coolest thing I've learned about Texas Tech.
The best piece of advice I've ever been given.
"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy."
My Academic Journey
I started my master's degree in the Fall of 2020 when COVID was still active. As a result, my courses were all online. This was hard for me because I learn best when I can work with others, and I enjoy making connections with my classmates. Even when COVID restrictions were lifted and classes could happen in person, my professors still wanted to continue classes online.
out of state student.