(HARLINGEN) – McAllen native Clarissa Marquez is a Dental Hygiene Student at Texas State Technical College. The 31-year-old expects to graduate with an associate degree in Spring 2020. She currently boasts a 3.7 grade-point average.
When the single mom is not studying, she serves as the historian for the Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygiene Association at TSTC and assists with organizing fundraisers to raise money for dental hygiene board exams.
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate my family and I will probably move to North Texas and explore my career options there. I know there are a lot opportunities in the area in my field.
What’s your dream job?
My dream job is to be an on-call dental hygienist for a zoo and clean the teeth of exotic animals such as primates.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
My greatest accomplishment has been being accepted in the Dental Hygiene program. I didn’t get in on my first try, it took two applications and a whole year of waiting. It’s a competitive program, but I never gave up.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
The greatest lesson I have learned is that every decision I have made and later regretted, has brought me to where I am today. They say everything happens for a reason, and I truly believe that. What was meant to happen has led me to a great life with amazing family and soon-to-be career as a dental hygienist.
Who at TSTC has had the most influence on your success?
The people who have influenced my success the most are my classmates. They have become my support system and second family; 30 brains are better than one after all.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
My advice for future TSTC students is to be confident, create goals and be with the people who bring the best out in you.