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Tanya Garcia

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Always Extending a Helping Hand

Tanya Garcia continually chases opportunities that fuel her passion for helping others. While attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science and Pre-Law, Garcia works at the Center for Academic Student Achievement as an Islander Success Advocate. Garcia says she loves her job because she makes a difference by assisting freshman who need guidance and help with school.

“I remember making so many mistakes my freshman year because I didn’t ask questions,” said Garcia. “As an Islander Success Advocate, I have the opportunity to meet new students, give them advice for school, and refer them to other useful services offered on campus.”

Because of her military upbringing, Garcia traveled across the United States as a child. She also spent 10 years living in Puerto Rico, where her family is from.

“At first, I didn’t want to leave Puerto Rico, because I was afraid to move,” said Garcia. “But when I came to Corpus Christi, I fell in love. I fell in love with the city, the community, and with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.”

Garcia currently interns with the District Attorney’s office, and helps with the “Cut it Out” program. The program teaches salon professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse and then safely refer clients, colleagues, friends, and family to local resources, such as the Women's Shelter of South Texas.

Garcia also spends much of her time as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and has volunteered at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. At the hospital, Garcia welcomed people as a receptionist, delivered movies to kids admitted to the hospital, and helped with fundraising. She also volunteers at her church, sending much-needed clothing to orphan children in Mexico.

“I do not join any organization if its mission is not to help people,” Garcia said. “When you give help to someone in need, you facilitate hope. You're letting people know they are not alone."

After Garcia graduates in summer 2016, which is a year ahead of schedule, she plans on attending law school, and then continuing her education to become a nurse.

“I just want to continue helping people as much as I can,” said Garcia. “I never want to turn my back on anyone.”