Texas Tech University

Paloma Patridge

Lead Student Success Specialist

"Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Paloma Patridge, Lead Success Specialist

As a Lead Student Success Specialist... 
I started working at Texas Tech in 2019 as a graduate assistant for the department of Transition & Engagement while completing my master's degree. I helped with first-year programming and events such as Red Raider Orientation, Hub City Fest, The Majors & Minors Fair, Texas Techspo, Raiders Who Rock, and many others. Since then, I've worked as an academic advisor for Univeristy Programs such as eXplore and academic recovery and also for The College of Media & Communication as an advisor for The Department of Public Relations & Strategic Communication. I now get to help guide our student success specialist team as they advocate and support our Red Raiders.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy going to the gym! On the weekends, I enjoy making a latte with extra foam at home, taking my dog Remington out for a walk, and visiting with family and friends.



Years in Higher Ed


Years at TTU

Graduation Cap

Public Relations (B.A.)

Graduation Cap

Mass Communications (M.Ed.)

Ask me about:

The coolest thing I was involved in during my undergrad.

I loved being a part of the Texas Tech Polo Club. Major #HorseGirl here.

What I would be doing if I weren't so good at my job.

I would be living in Europe working as a hose trainer, or maybe a chef! I love to cook.

The most inspiring part of my job.

The best days for me are when I make meaningful connections with our students and feel like I can make a positive difference for someone.

My Academic Journey

I was a very mediocre high school student and was required to take almost every remedial subject out there. I was embarrassed about my grades and ashamed to admit everything I struggled with academically. I felt like I was beyond help, and I had given up. Finally, during summer school one year, a teacher told me that it was okay that I hadn't learned some of the material taught throughout the year and that nothing was wrong with me; I just didn't understand things the same way as other kids. This teacher helped me learn to ask questions to build a foundation of proper understanding and showed me that failure is part of learning. It's because of this teacher that I decided to come to college. I was nervous about what the academic standard would be like at Texas Tech, but I used the time management and study skills that they taught me, and my first year here was the fresh start I needed, and I was able to flourish. By the end of my sophomore year, I was the president of a student organization and had made the Dean's List for academic achievement.

My Background

Worked in College

Worked while in college.


bilingualWas a distance student at one point. 



Falling Asleep
Listening to Others
Going to Bed at a Decent Hour