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Winning Essays 2013 > Rebecca


Winning Essay: Rebecca Leigh Reyes

Why a Degree? To Reach Milestones. 

Student-Rebecca-MediumThrough my siblings and parents, I have seen the difficulty one can have finding employment when a higher education is not pursued. On the hardest days when I want to call it quits, I realize that I am very close to earning what my family does not have. Having a degree beneath your belt makes a difference in today’s economy. Employers seek applicants who are prepared with the experience and education needed for their occupation. However, I do not want to see my degree displayed in a frame when no use is put to it—I want it to count.  I know of previous work-study graduates who are currently working as full or part time employees on the Alamo Community campus they formerly attended; this is why I want a degree from Northwest Vista.

Throughout my fifty-four credits here at NVC, I have established quality relationships with several of my instructors. I appreciate the community on campus as an encouraging family. The staff has been exceptionally supportive in ensuring that every student is taken care of through their efforts academically. My NVC campus provides an intimate setting, valuable group discussions, and job-specific projects that allow me to develop excellent critical thinking skills for career situations. Knowledge is a pretty special to have and my campus is fully equipped in every department in order to see their upcoming alumni be successful. I am confident that earning an Associate’s degree from Northwest Vista College will enhance for me job placement opportunities.

After graduation, I will continue at Northwest Vista College taking my prerequisites in order to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for the Dental Hygiene program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Northwest Vista has provided me with one on one counseling with academic advisors to ensure that I finish my program with marketable job skills. I continuously take advantage of the resources on campus; the science and math tutoring labs at NVC have helped me develop the good study skills necessary to do well in higher courses when I transfer to a University level setting. (In fact, I have used the math lab so many times, I should have my own golden plaque on the wall!)

In the course of my time in college so far, I understand the worth that my Associate’s degree will have in the long run. On the day of the commencement ceremony, as I stand on the stage waiting for my name to be called, I will most certainly reflect on the face of each instructor and staff member that helped me along my journey to arrive at my accomplishment. Even though a Bachelor’s degree is my overall intention, the current help from my teachers is allowing my determination to finish with my Associate’s degree as a first step needed for the present job field. I feel hopeful that my eventual Bachelor’s degree will fulfill me through a career I enjoy and will give my future family an assured lifestyle.