Student Profile – Sharon Barlow

(HARLINGEN) – Sharon BarlowSharon Barlow is an Education and Training student at Texas State Technical College and expects to graduate Spring 2018 with her associate degree.

The San Benito native currently boasts a 3.5 grade-point average and is an active member and treasurer of the TSTC Association of Future Educators (TAFE).

The 19-year-old first attended TSTC in high school as a dual enrollment student and said the experience got her one-step ahead in her college career allowing her to earn the majority of her college credits in high school.

What are your plans after graduation?

After I graduate with my associate degree I plan on continuing my education to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to be an elementary teacher. When I was little I would force my little brother to play my student while I played teacher. I’ve always known this is what I wanted to do.

Eventually, I hope to continue my education to work toward becoming a counselor or principal.

What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?

My greatest accomplishment while at TSTC has been joining the TAFE Club and becoming treasurer. Being a member of this organization has opened door of opportunity for me such as reading to children at the Harlingen library or volunteering at Ben Milam Elementary School. Everything I am learning and doing is preparing me for my future.

What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?

The greatest lesson I have learned is patience. Patience is key when working with children and this is an attribute that will get me far in my career.

Who at TSTC has had the most influence on your success?

My Education and Training Instructor Mary Hollmann has been my greatest influence. She is so full of energy that it motivates me to keep going and I love that her door is always open for her students. I can count on her help.

What is your advice for future TSTC students?

My advice to future TSTC students is to listen to your instructor, they truly want to see you succeed. And stay on top of your coursework and exams. The last thing you want to do is fall behind.