Student Success Profile – Tristan Leal

(HARLINGEN) – Tristan Leal is pursuing an associate degree in Biology at Texas State Technical College. The 18-year-old expects to graduate in Fall 2019.Tristan Leal

When the Mercedes native is not in the classroom or at the library, he participates in community service events and fundraisers as an active member of the TSTC Intramural Sports Club and Veteran Students Alliance Club.

What are your plans after graduation?

After I graduate with my associate degree in Biology, I plan on returning to TSTC to pursue a certificate in Dental Assistant and a second associate degree in Dental Hygiene.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to become a dental hygienist so I can teach proper oral health care and help people be proud of their smiles. But I do have the long-term goal of becoming a bioengineer to design and manufacture human organs such as hearts.

What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?

I’ve been homeschooled my entire life, so I’ve grown up to be very introverted. Being able to step foot on campus and have social interactions has been very good for me. It has helped me break out of my shell and be more outgoing. For me, this is a huge accomplishment.

What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?

The greatest lesson I have learned is that it’s better to try something than to live with the “What if.”

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

My Anatomy and Physiology Instructor Paul Leonard has had the greatest influence on my success. He has always made me feel welcomed in class and at TSTC. He also eases my anxiety about speaking up in class and working in groups, along with encouraging me to get involved in campus activities.

What is your advice for future TSTC students?

My advice for future TSTC students is to always ask for assistance. TSTC has so many resources to help students succeed; take advantage of them.