Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Jennifer Contreras

An Outstanding Islander

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Life's Calling
As a result of helping care for her ailing grandparents, Jennifer Contreras found her life’s calling to pursue the field of healthcare. The biomedical science major is a 2007 graduate of Corpus Christi’s Carroll High School who began taking classes at the Island University in summer 2007. She is a first-generation college student and is proud of how far she has come. After she graduates in May 2011, she plans on a career in the health profession. Since her freshman year, she has worked on campus holding the positions of Academic Advising Transition Center assistant and student assistant for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Program while also lifeguarding at the YWCA and Santa Fe Swimming Club. Contreras feels fortunate to have received scholarships throughout her college career, such as the Drew Bingham Memorial Scholarship, the Exxon USA Foundation Scholarship and the Rising Scholars Award, which have also motivated her to work harder with her academics. Besides concentrating on her education, she is involved with extracurricular activities and organizations on campus. Contreras is a member of the Student Foundation Association, which raises money for scholarships awarded to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi students; Alpha Epsilon Delta, a National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society; and Gamma Phi Beta sorority; which provide innovative programming that address issues relevant to women and society. She says that campus organizations have provided her with the chance to participate in community service opportunities around the area such as Adopt-A-Highway, Project Paintbrush, beach clean-ups and different services that she feels give back to the community.

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