Agriculture inspires TSTC student to study culinary arts

(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The curiosity to expand her knowledge in the food industry led Carolina Selvera to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree at Texas State Technical College. The 19-year-old Brownsville native dreams of owning a restaurant of her own one day, and hopes to utilize her culinary skills and background in agriculture to create a farm-to-table experience for customers.

What motivated you to choose TSTC?

A family friend who works at TSTC told me about the programs that are available, and as soon as she mentioned the Culinary Arts program, I was sold. I knew then that this is where I wanted to continue my education. Plus, it’s close to home.

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

Everyone I’ve met has had a great impact on me. One person who pushes me to become better is my friend, Kimberly. We challenge and encourage each other to be the best at what we do.

What are your goals for life after TSTC?

A long-term goal of mine is to open a restaurant in which everything is locally grown to support local farmers and ranchers.

What advice would you give to future TSTC students?

Just go for it! Don’t be scared, because in the end, it will all be worth it.

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