August’s Student of the Month 2017 | Guadalupe Ochoa

Welcome Back Aggies!Team Honors would like to wish you the best of luck for the semester at hand. We would also like to congratulate Guadalupe Ochoa on being Student of the Month! Check out her profile below!! 

Guadalupe Ochoa in front of the honors college Guadalupe Ochoa smiling with Pistol Pete

My name is Guadalupe Ochoa and I am from Tucson, Arizona. I am currently majoring in Elementary Special Education with a minor in psychology. I chose to come to NMSU because of the great impression the honors college left on me after taking a tour. NMSU was also close to home and the campus was the ideal size for me. Here at NMSU, I am a peer mentor for the University Experience classes and also an Honors Ambassador. The goals of the Honors Ambassadors team is to get more students into the Honors college. There are so many students that are eligible to take Honors courses but do not take advantage of the opportunity. I would strongly recommend the Honors programs to students because the small class sizes and challenging courses get students excited to learn. My favorite thing about the Honors college is the fact that professors really want you to succeed and offer a lot of support. Through my studies I have become very interested in Autism research. Once I complete my major, I am hoping to continue on to graduate school where I will be focusing on Autism studies. There is a quote by Paul Collins that says “Think of it: a disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing. … But autism … is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique.” I think this is an incredible way of looking at it and this positive way of thinking can be applied to so many other things. I have really enjoyed my time at NMSU and a lot of the credit goes to the Honors college for instilling in me a passion for learning. 

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