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SPC graduation turns student’s dream into reality
LEVELLAND – Determination can dramatically impact a person’s life. Whether working toward a life-long goal or striving to overcome daily obstacles, determination is a driving factor for success.
South Plains College’s Judith Reyes, accounting major, is a true testament to SPC’s motto – dreams precede realities. She will walk across the stage during the 56th Annual Commencement ceremony and fulfill her first milestone. The afternoon event is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday (May 9) at the Texan Dome.
Reyes, an Earth native, learned English as her second language. The mother of three knew she had to balance her family life and coursework expectations in order to be successful. Reyes, and her husband, Rafael, are the parents of Jazmin, 7, Aaron, 6, and Dylan, 4.
“My achievements were only something I dreamed about a few years ago,” she said. “But, thanks to wonderful family support, my dreams are becoming a reality.”
For the past two years, Reyes made the two-hour commute to attend classes at the SPC Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center in Lubbock. Although Earth is only 41 miles from Plainview, Reyes chose to drive the extra 25 miles to Lubbock. She said although the drive can be difficult, she does not regret her decision to continue her education at the Lubbock campus.
“In the beginning, it was easier because I lived there (in Lubbock),” said Reyes. “But I felt comfortable with people there, and I enjoyed my instructors. So I decided that I wanted to stay at the Byron campus.”
Reyes has excelled in her coursework. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society; she has been named to the President’s List for four consecutive semesters and recently received the Outstanding Student Accountant award. Additionally, she has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout her SPC career.
It has been a difficult journey, but she was determined to be a success. Armed with the knowledge that her family was behind her, Reyes said she knew she could accomplish her goals as long as she applied herself.
After graduation from SPC, Reyes’ plans include working toward a bachelor’s degree at West Texas A&M University in the fall. Ultimately, she wants to open her own accounting business in Earth to aide farmers.
Reyes said the best advice she can offer any student is simple – try.
“Do your best and ask questions,” she said. “Don’t be afraid to try, even if you fail. That’s what I always tell myself – even if I fail, at least I tried.”