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Career Center Connector: My Story

March 2013

Katharina Nobel 

Nelly Rivas

Hometown: Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Pursuing: Bachelor Bilingual Education
Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor 
GPA:  3.5

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  Why UTB and TSC?

“One day, I just decided to go and get some information about the degrees. The next day, I found myself filling out the papers to be admitted into the University of Texas at Brownsville, which has my dream career. I have always wanted to be a teacher but not just any ordinary teacher; I wanted to be an elementary or an early childhood teacher. I was relieved when I noticed that UTB had the program of my desire. The idea was perfect. The preparation was for both levels, and the degree included the bilingual component. I was going to acquire the necessary skills to succeed as a professional plus the fact of having the best experience of my life.”

What do you want to do with you major?

“I would like to work as an elementary teacher for a few years, while I prepare myself for a Master of Arts in Spanish. Then, I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language. Furthermore, I am interested in languages, cultures and the way they intertwine. I am also interested in becoming a college professor and foster the importance of earning higher education degrees.”

What has been your experience at UTB and TSC?

“I’ve been having an excellent experience so far. Each semester, I become more knowledgeable on the course of my studies. I have had great professors who have inspired me during my entire undergraduate career. The preparation that I receive is outstanding. There are also great opportunities to practice in your area of study. Right now, I’m working as a peer mentor. This job has helping me gain experience as a teacher, and at the same time, I’m guiding incoming freshmen students. I have a great work environment and many beautiful memories that will stay in my life forever.”

Do you have any advice for students?

“Be passionate in everything that you do. When you do something, do it with effort, love and commitment. Don’t throw anything away. Learn from your experiences. Don’t be afraid of failure—never! Failure only occurs when you give up. If you need help, be humble and ask for it. Everything is in your hands. At the end, you’ll see that your efforts are valuable.”

What has been your biggest obstacle in your career?

“The language was my first big obstacle. The way that you write in Spanish differs a lot from English. I believe that when you write in English you have to be more precise and specific. When you write in Spanish you have to be more expressive in order to embellish the content. Also, the punctuation it’s completely different. At the beginning I had some trouble with my writings, but thanks to the resources and the professors I was able to improve.”



Be passionate in everything that you do. When you do something, do it with effort, love and commitment.

Nelly Rivas

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