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October Pride of ASU: Ana Martinez

September 14, 2018

How did you learn about ASU?

I was a student in Southwest Texas Junior College in Eagle Pass, TX. I wanted to transfer to a 4-year University after finishing my Associates Degree and ASU was one of the many universities that SWTJC was associated with.

Why did you want to attend ASU?

I was planning on transferring to a school with a good nursing program, and UT Health Science Center in San Antonio was my first choice. My adviser in SWTJC encouraged me to apply to ASU as well to give myself options to choose from. I ended up applying to both UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and to ASU. I was accepted for both nursing programs but opted to attend ASU after doing my research and finding out that ASU has a higher passing rate for the NCLEX, which is the nursing licensure exam, than UTHSCSA, and I could not be any happier with the choice I made.

What is your favorite thing about ASU?

I love the student-professor ratio. The nursing program is pretty demanding, having smaller cohorts gives the professors the opportunity to really observe the students and offer a hand when needed. Thanks to smaller classrooms I’ve been able to get to know my professors and feel comfortable enough to reach out to them when I encounter good and bad situations.

What are some of your hobbies?

I am going to sound so old, but I love knitting. I cannot do big projects like sweaters, but I can knit nice headbands and scarves. I also have a passion for cooking, not like the nursing program gives me enough time to spend in the kitchen, but if I have time I like to try new recipes. I also love to dance (not that I am any good) but I wished San Angelo had more places to go dancing.

Are you involved in any student organizations?

I’ve been a part of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) since 2016 and I just became the Membership Coordinator this May. It is a great opportunity for pre-nursing and nursing students to get to know each other and to become active on campus by participating in activities like Howdy Party, the Thanksgiving Dinner, volunteering around town, and my favorite: the Flu Shot Drive every fall semester.

Do you work on campus? If so, where and what are your responsibilities?

I do, I work with Special Events at the University Center. I am a Student Operations Assistant as well as an Audio/Video Tech. I am, under full-time staff supervision, in charge of the Special Events’ student workers at the UC. Whenever full-time staff is absent I am the immediate supervisor for the student employees and the UC Building itself. I also am in charge of the Audio/Video division of Special Events. We run projectors, sound systems, lights, power, and other equipment for events that happen throughout campus.

What is one piece of advice you would give to help college students succeed?

There is no such thing as the perfect plan. It is great to plan ahead and have an idea of what you want (whether that is your life, your college career, or the city you are living in), but do not get discouraged if things do not turn out exactly how you planned them because they could turn out way better than you expected. It is okay to fail, it is okay to repeat a class/semester, so dust yourself and get back up, because that is when you will learn the most. Don’t let one failure/setback, or even one instructor stop you from achieving your goals. I always say “there is a reason for everything”, and I have learned that the hard way throughout my college career. After dusting and picking myself up, I am glad to say I am a senior year nursing student, I was just inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, and I’m on my last semester before graduation. So good luck and GO RAMS!