As the SDS community – both main office and the TECHniques Center gear up for end of year activities as well as the busy summer season, it’s always good to see how our entire office works together to support student success. To share a little about his story, we have asked a former student who utilized accommodations as well as TECHniques tutors. Enjoy Alex’s story!
Alex Reyes’ Story:
They say college can be intimidating, and I agree, but with the right support network, you can be successful.
I moved to Lubbock when I was just 17, so college life was quite a shock for me. I was a scholarship athlete, so I had to report to the Texas Tech campus early and the only people I knew were on the football team. I was scared because I didn’t know how to handle the transition from high school to college. I was worried about silly stuff like walking into the wrong class. My academic progress was monitored through athletics, but my mom found this amazing program called the TECHniques Center, and I was signed up immediately. It was nice because I could go to class, then run over to the TECHniques Center and meet with my tutor, having the topics from class still fresh in my mind. Tutoring was so important to me because I never felt comfortable asking questions in class, but it put me at ease knowing I could ask my tutor questions and get answers without feeling stupid. This is vital for students with learning disabilities, and I am glad I had the opportunity to be a part of the TECHniques Center and Student Disability Services.
Now that I’m out of college, I realize one of the most important things you learn in college is how to appreciate people. Not only do you get to meet people from all walks of life, but you also get to work with various people in administration – your teachers, advisors, etc. I worked with some outstanding counselors in the TECHniques Center as well as Student Disability Services. I continued to use their assistance throughout college, even when I returned to complete my degree after being waived from the NFL. Funny how life works out… I really thought I would continue to play or be a coach where I could share my love and knowledge of football, but what I am doing is a perfect fit for me because I am such a people person and I get to interact with a wide range of people every day.
Thanks to the people on staff in Student Disability Services, I was able to complete my Community Health degree in May 2009 and am currently in orthopedic sales with Arthrex in the Dallas area. My wife, Amanda, and I have two beautiful children – Mason (1.5 years) and Ella (3 months), and we are very happy. Even though school wasn’t always easy for me, I think it’s cool that I now get to teach doctors how to use my company’s products in the operating room. I feel good knowing that I was able to overcome setbacks in school, and am doing something that really helps people. I would tell my 17-year-old self that it’s very rewarding to “stick with it” and persevere through any struggle. I was able to utilize the skills and tools I learned from working with Student Disability Services to be successful now, and I encourage young college students to do the same.