Texas Tech University

Allyson Schmitt

Student Success Specialist

"Always remember you are braver than you believe, smarter than you think, and loved more than you'll ever know.” 

Allyson Schmitt, Success Specialist

My role is a Student Success Specialist embedded within the College of University Advising supporting students to find their version of success both academically and personally. While my work is focused on retention, providing a safe space for students to come with personal struggles is of great importance as well. Throughout working closely with students, I also make referrals to the appropriate campus partners to enhance student's collegiate experience and ensure they are equipped with the resources to be successful throughout their time at Texas Tech.
I graduated from Texas Tech in December of 2022 with a degree in Psychology. I am currently studying to obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Previously, I worked as a Behavior Specialist providing in-home care through Applied Behavior Analysis to evaluate meaningful outcomes for individuals with autism and other developmental needs. In addition, I worked as a Qualified Mental Health Professional with a foster care agency where I provided mental and behavioral health services to children through individualized skill-building lessons to enhance success in their current and future placement.
When I am not working I enjoy shopping, nature, gardening, exercise, and enjoying time with my friends, significant other, and my kitten, Lucky!



Years in Higher Ed


Years at TTU

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What I was involved in during my undergrad.

Joining Greek Life during my undergrad years what the best decision! Having a strong support system to help me navigate the life of college both personally and academically is something I am still so grateful to have had.

If I could talk to my 18-year old self...

Slow down and enjoy every moment! When I was 18, I was so ready to "adult," get a degree, and become employed. Life goes by so quickly it is important to enjoy all the experiences of college both academically and socially. Texas Tech provides such strong stepping stones for one's future and it is so important to take advantage of each opportunity, to trust the process, and foster self-growth!

The most inspiring part of my job.

The most inspiring part of my job is supporting students on their college journey, and giving back to a university that gave so much to me

The best piece of advice I've ever been given.

You get out of life what you put into it. The more you put in the more you will get out!

My Academic Journey

As I arrived to Texas Tech as an out of state student being 8+ hours away from home for the first time, I greatly struggled with being home sick throughout my first and even second year. Throughout this time, I experienced much insecurity and self doubt questioning whether I could live on my own and make it through college. Developing a strong social support network in Lubbock while keeping in touch with family back home gave me people to rely on when needed and helped get me through these times and be as successful as I could be.

My Background

Out-of-State Student

Was an out-of-state student



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