A&M-SA Story Submissions


I had been thinking about returning to graduate school for a long time. The last holiday season Texas A&M - San Antonio had celebrations open to the public on campus. I went to one of the activities and realized several things about this school. First, it was very close to where I work as a teacher and even on my way home. Secondly, the people were friendly. Then I learned how inexpensive it was to take classes. I decided to apply. I am now half-way through my degree and very happy with this college.

Date: September 9, 2019
Submitted by: Ronald Tipton


I started when TAMUSA was a Junior, senior, and grad student. I talked to five different schools before I talked to TAMUSA where the people made me feel important. All of the instructors that I had shows me that they were there for me to graduate. There were two that got me thru many problems and gave me a positive feeling and gave of their time to help me. They were Dr. Hewitt and Dr. Green wonderful individuals. I am glad to see the campus growing and all the new students. I never took any courses on the main campus but had a great number of individuals getting all the classes at different locations. What a great teaching staff that had to travel and remember how important the students are. I was blessed to attend Texas A & M San Antonio. I am US Air Force retired veteran of 24 years.

Date: August 26, 2019
Submitted by: Roger Furrow


A&M-SA taught me to be humble. It taught me how to handle failure and success. It taught me to get back up after I’ve been knocked down. It taught me that I can achieve anything I commit myself to. It led me to my best friend, and the love of my life. I’m eternally grateful for my experience at A&M-SA and if given the option, I’d do it all over again.

Date: August 4, 2019
Submitted by: Yara Nicole Schutter


I remembered stepping foot on the brand new campus on S. Zarzamora. Really beautiful and sun rising in the back. I took a look around with new classroom settings, cafeteria, computer room, main office and library.

In the end, I’m proud to become the first 5,000 students to graduate and earned myself a class brick. Of course, I couldn’t have made this academic accomplishment without my family and God’s blessings for wisdom. I’m thankful to be a Jaguar.

Date: August 4, 2019
Submitted by: Brandon Pesqueda


A&M-SA made it possible for my mom, brother, sister, and myself to obtain a degree. The University was reasonable for our budget and we knew we had wanted to use the benefits of that our dad fought for while serving the Army. Not only was it budget friendly, but the VA office staff/University staff were always there to help us.

My memory begins with my mom.

I can think back to my first memory of A&M-SA vividly. I was at Vista and I remember my mom taking me with her to the Brooks City Base campus at one point. She was taking her classes for her Master's degree in counseling. I remember thinking to myself: "If my mom can finish out courses for her Master's degree, then so can I!"

It was then that I knew I would be attending A&M-SA. This was also the one memory that helped motivate me to finish out my Master's last December of 2018.

I am so grateful that A&M-SA was part of my life as well as my family's life.

We are grateful for the opportunity to obtain degrees from this University.

Date: August 4, 2019
Submitted by: Gloria Petit

My story begins in the Spring of 2007. After changing majors and earning credits from various institutions I knew I needed to find an academic home and move on with my career.  I happened to see a banner over a street advertising the A&M System Center.  A quick review of the website and I was hooked.  Thankfully I was accepted and started attending classes at the former elementary school on Gillette.  I was resigned to losing some of the credits I had earned over the years, but was pleasantly surprised when I sat down with my advisor.  Turns out my classes would all transfer, thus making my goal of graduating attainable and realistic.  During my time I was honored to be a part of the Student Government with Cresencio Davila and tried to start an Accounting Professional Society for the business students.  It was that Fall of 2009 that I graduated, the first group to fully utilize Texas A&M - San Antonio.

Getting to work with Dr. Elam and Dr. Green in the accounting department was truly a life changing experience. With their mentorship I finished my degree, and qualified to attend and graduate from Texas A&M's Mays Business School with my Master's in Accounting.

I've even been honored with an invitation to come speak to an accounting class and to be a member of the Department of Finance and Accounting Advisory Committee. I've been honored to represent the University throughout the years and champion the student's efforts to the business community of San Antonio.

Date: June 28, 2019
Submitted by: Joshua Wagner

I currently graduated this past May (2019). My years (3) at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, were wonderful. I learned so much and loved my professors.

Date: June 18, 2019
Submitted by: Jeannette De Leon

When I first started at A&A&M-San Antonio I had not realized the true extent of my potential. I had a mental glass ceiling that I put on myself and could not seem to break. Three individuals at the university supported and challenged me to push past that ceiling; Dr. Sherita Love, Cristina Dominguez, and Jarrick Brown. They alongside my inner circle of friends and family truly helped me realize the sky is the limit, and that no matter where I've come from I can be greater than the limits of my imagination.

Date: June 8, 2019
Submitted by: La-Tieka Sims


4 years ago while pursuing my bachelors degree in Biology, I met a girl in Dr. Wise's Evolutionary Theory class. Little did I know that I would be saying "I do" to that girl on May 26th, 2019.

Date: June 6, 2019
Submitted by: Alexander Greig


My name is Nastasja and I am a student at TAMUSA. I am a nontraditional student who currently serves in the United States Army. To be honest prior to attending TAMUSA, I had just about given up on school. Previously, I had earned an associates degree, but had struggled in a large university setting. I was attending another public university in San Antonio, but felt so discouraged by the lack of care the university showed for the students. I knew that I could not stay at that university any longer, that was when I heard about TAMUSA. After reaching out to TAMUSA, I was quickly greeted by Angelica Stewart, who took time out of her day to not only review my transcripts, but also give me a private tour of the campus. She was so caring and eventually would help me apply for TAMUSA. My first semester at TAMUSA, I got my very first 4.0 and have never felt more motivated about my education. The faculty and staff is amazing and have helped me so much on my journey. In 2018 alone, not only did I get a much needed GPA boost, I also was rewarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and Student Volunteer of the Year. Other accomplishments I have held also include my undergraduate research for the Student Research Symposium and acceptance into the Tau Sigma Honor Society. I never felt that I could be so happy and feel so at home at a university before. I am finally going to graduate in fall after pursing my degree for five years. More than anything though, I would love to thank Angelica and my amazing professors for rebuilding my confidence and showing me how beautiful TAMUSA. Thanks to TAMUSA, I am able to succeed in more ways than I ever imagined! I am proud to be a Jaggie!

Date: June 5, 2019
Submitted by: Nastasja Desch

I attended A&M-SA 2015-2017, and graduated with a BAAS degree in Psychology. I previously graduated from St. Philip's College in 2001, and hadn't attended school since 2003. All of the A&M-SA staff were extremely helpful with my transition back into college. And the Psychology faculty were amazing! I attended classes with the same six professors for the two years I was there, and spent many hours visiting with them in their offices. When it came time for the graduation Ring Ceremony, I reached out to all of them and asked if one would be available to present my ring. None of my family members would be able to attend. Unfortunately, being a Saturday, most of them were unavailable. However, Dr. Samuel Rock offered to attend the ceremony and present my ring. I was so grateful because I knew it would be a sacrifice. He would have to travel a good distance and give up some of his weekend time with his wife, who was quite ill. It also meant a lot to me because he was my only professor that I took a class with each semester I attended. As an A&M-SA Admissions Counselor, I tell this story to all prospective students and their families when I give tours of our beautiful campus. I am very proud to be an alumna and am so proud to share with others how amazing our faculty and staff are at A&M-SA!

Date: May 22, 2019
Submitted by: Tina Chapoy


I began my journey with TAMUSA in August 2017. By this time, I was exhausted from being in school for four years and I didn’t think I would make it to the finish line. I was so close to giving up.

When I began at TAMUSA and throughout my time here, I met so many amazing professors. My last semester at TAMUSA I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Briscoe and Dr. Vaughn, who both walked in classes with smiles on their faces, always worked with their students, showed how much they wanted what was best for their students and to see them succeed. These men in particular reminded me on why I want to teach and why I was on this journey. I am graduating from TAMUSA with my Bachelor of Arts in History with an Education minor. I’m grateful to say I finally made it. As my cap states, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Date: May 17, 2019
Submitted by: Kassandra Noriega


Dr. Dorel inspired me to become a special education teacher. She taught me how to celebrate being different and to embrace it. She taught me how to be the best advocate for my students and their parents. She was like a mother to me while at school. She was always there for me, she constantly encouraged me to never give up and always believe in myself. She also pushed me to be the best version of myself and not to apologize for it. Thank you so much Mama Dorel you made a difference in my life and I appreciate you.

Date: May 17, 2019
Submitted by: Erica Reyna


I started A&M-SA in 2010, when the college of business campus was at St. Joseph's.  My brother and I had a few classes together, so it was quite helpful to have a study buddy!  When I graduated from A&M-SA, I was the first grandchild to get an BBA and I can't tell you how emotional it was for my grandpa to see me walk the stage.  After a few years, I had the urge to gain more knowledge, so I applied for the MBA program and was accepted!  It was the first time being on the new A&M-SA campus and it was amazing!  Now, I am graduating with my MBA and I am so thankful for all the professors that shared their real-life business experiences and knowledge with me.  Now, being the first in my family graduating with my MBA is going to be the icing on the cake!

Date: May 17, 2019
Submitted by: Stephanie Casillas

Dr. John Romo, Mathematics Professor, has inspired me and pushed me to the absolute limits of my learning capabilities. In doing so, I have accomplished more than I have ever expected.

Date: May 17, 2109
Submitted by: Howard Williams

My journey with A&M-SA began in 2006 when our classes were portables on the campus of Palo Alto College. While some people called it a 'Trailer University',  I always knew I was getting a high-quality, life-changing education that could not be found anywhere else. In May 2009, I crossed the stage to receive my bachelor's degree from 'Texas A&M - Kingsville System Center -San Antonio.' Ten years later, in May 2019, I am scheduled to cross the stage to receive my master's degree from 'Texas A&M - San Antonio.' My education from A&M-SA has and continues to bless my life. I am a proud jaguar for life.

Date: May 4, 2019
Submitted by: April Villarreal

Texas A&M University-San Antonio has been a huge part of my academic and career life. I attended A&M-SA the summer before the University moved out of Brooks City-Base. Most of my time was spent at the Brooks Campus, but I was able to attend when Main Campus, now Madla, opened. Four years after graduating, I had the honor of returning to teach in the beautiful Central Academic Building. It has been amazing to see the campus grow, and to be a part of this community both as a student and now employee.

Date: May 3, 2019
Submitted by: Melody Rodriguez