September’s Student of the Month | Dominick Cordova

Hello everyone! My name is Dominick Cordova and I am from Las Cruces. When I first started looking at which university I wanted to attend, I had so many questions. Where should I look? Should I prioritize small class sizes? How affordable will tuition be? Will I feel welcome? All summed up, what am I looking for in a university? Through time, I narrowed my search down to three schools. I visited one of my choices in the January of my Senior year and, to be honest, I was impressed. The school wasn’t too big, tuition and scholarships looked promising, and most of what I was looking for was there. However, I wasn’t 100% sold, so I kept looking. Shortly after, I visited NMSU with other prospective NMSU Conroy Scholars. This visit helped me realize that everything I had been looking for and more was right there all along.

Looking back on it now, I have no regrets about choosing to come to NMSU. This is my second year at NMSU. As a Mechanical Engineering major, I have met so many great people from all over the world. Furthermore, I have been inspired by many of my teachers that not only are passionate about what they teach, but also actively seek out the best in each of their students.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending my time volunteering at my church, spanning from playing the piano on Sundays to helping give retreats to teenagers across Southern New Mexico.

In truth, my life today is shaped by my decision to attend NMSU. The things I have learned, the connections I have made, and the bonds I have forged were all made possible by this choice. In a large part, that decision was made due to the impression I received from my first visit to the Honor’s College. Individuals like Dr. Chaiken helped me see potential in NMSU, but more importantly, potential in myself. The resources of the Honors College have proven to be an invaluable asset to me, from being the place I can go to for help to being the place I can go to print papers free of charge! Lastly, the Honors program helps drive me to push myself to the limits of my best.

I have kept myself open to various paths for my future, including working in renewable energy, UAV research and production, defensive weapons research, or robotics.

As advice to students preparing for their future, I would quote St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it…” Or in other words, many things are thrown on us in life: expectations, truths, obstacles, and blessings. Our job is to take what we are given and excel in what we feel called to do.

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