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Katy Costello

An Outstanding Islander

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Lifelong Learning

Raising five children while working three jobs was no easy task for Katy Costello, but it paid off, and she was able to put all her kids through college. Through their successes, she considers her hard work one of her greatest accomplishments. But now, she can add another feat to the list – earning her own education.

Costello, who is now attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has spent the majority of her life working for the betterment of others and is no stranger to hardship.

“What made me want to come back to school was the encouragement of my children, plus the fact that I got excited about going to college,” said Costello. “I got tired of being labeled as ‘just a housewife,’ so I made a complete turnaround that changed my life!”

Costello is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish. She started going back to school eight years ago, and is on track to graduate from the University in May 2014.    

Costello is appreciative of the help she has received from the people around her including Dr. Art Hernandez, Dean of the College of Education.

Her love for the students and community has inspired her to continue her education to pursue a Master of Science in Family Counseling. She hopes to remain with the University after graduation so that she can continue working with young adults who are making sacrifices in order to achieve their own degrees.

Earlier this year, Costello won the 2013 Ms. Coastal Bend Senior Pageant. In August, she went on to compete for the title of the Ms. Texas Senior Pageant in Dallas, Texas. And while she didn’t place this year, she did a great job representing the Corpus Christi community. She continues to encourage people, no matter what age, to achieve their dreams.

Through all the challenges she faced, Costello has remained positive. She agrees that while the college curriculum can be difficult, learning is priceless.

“I tell women to never stop learning,” said Costello. ”I believe education is what empowers you. Through education, there is hope for all of us. We can make a difference.”