Student finds opportunity, successful health care career path at TSC

The future is looking bright for Texas Southmost College student Ana Reyna whose interest in the health care field was sparked in high school and validated at TSC.

The Brownsville resident, originally from Valle Hermoso, Mexico, came alone to the states to live with her sister who was already residing in the city.

Her sister, now a mathematics teacher, graduated with an associate degree in Mathematics from TSC, and encouraged her to also become a TSC Scorpion.

“Making the decision to leave the rest of my family behind in Mexico was hard, but I’ve never regretted it,” she said. “I’m finding opportunities and success now at TSC that I know I couldn’t get anywhere else.”

Following in her sister’s footsteps, who was a mathematics tutor with TSC, and with a 3.2 grade-point average that has impressed more than a handful of her instructors, Reyna has been given the opportunity to become a tutor at TSC’s Learning Labs.

“I’m not only a tutor, but I’m an Anatomy and Physiology tutor,” said Reyna. “This confirms and validates that health care is where I’m supposed to be, and helping others understand this subject only makes me stronger.”

Reyna added that the opportunity to become a tutor and excelling in her classes, always seemed a little out of reach.

“English is my second language, so I wasn’t sure how I would do coming to college in the states, but TSC has made me feel like I can do anything,” she said. “I’ve had to grow up quick without my parents here, but TSC has helped me find my confidence, my independence and learn valuable life skills all because of the support and motivation you find across campus.”

In addition to tutoring, Reyna also works as a part-time babysitter and actively volunteers with the TSC Campus Activity Board.

“My heart has always been in helping others,” said Reyna. “So as a tutor and volunteer, I’m able to help other students have a positive college experience or also work toward their dreams of a career in health care. It really is a win win…we’re all in this together to succeed.”

Upon completing her general studies in the coming months, Reyna plans on applying to the Respiratory Care or Radiologic Technology programs.

“I’ve built a strong support team here at TSC and I have so many goals and dreams now to work toward,” she said. “TSC has changed my perspective and outlook on my future. I know where I’m going, what I want and what it takes to get there.”

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