Marissa's Success Story
Meet Marissa Sandoval, a Junior from Rosanky, TX, and one of many student success stories we see come through our office. In the fall of ’19, Marissa came to the Academic Success Center
knowing she needed to get her grades up, but didn’t really understand how. She met with one of our academic coaches
, Dr. Rob Dixon, and told him honestly how she felt discouraged about her major. Dr. Dixon worked with her to identify her values. From that simple exercise, she learned about intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation
and the impact it had on her choices.
As a first-generation college student, she had chosen her major because she felt it would make the most of the opportunity her parents had worked so hard to give her. That exercise also helped her to realize she really wanted a career helping special-needs children. Marissa decided to set that as her goal. However, to become a Special Ed teacher, she needed to change majors—a long shot because of her GPA.
Dr. Dixon worked with her to articulate clear, specific, long-term, intermediate, and short-term goals. We’re proud to say she worked hard and raised her cumulative GPA from a 1.88 to a 2.51 in one semester
by earning a 3.75 GPA by the end of fall ’19!
Here a few words of genuine gratitude Marissa sent in an email to Dr. Dixon celebrating her big win:
“This is Marissa Sandoval and I'd like to thank you for everything you've done for me! I am proud to say I am now an EC-6 Education major
with a 2.51 GPA! I am so happy to have met you and share my struggles with you! Your listening ears helped me work through my tough times….I am so blessed to have had you on my path to success! I will forever be grateful for you!”
At the Academic Success Center, we believe that it’s OK to fail—it’s what you do afterwards that matters. Marissa, we're proud of you and happy we could be a part of your success story!