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RubyI am a first - generation university graduate, the eldest of four siblings with parents who instilled in me the idea that education is the key to opening an infinite number of doors. Like most of you I didn’t go straight to college after high school. I took a year off to help my family with a precarious situation; but kept the goal in mind that after one year I was going to start college.

At the end of the year, when the situation at home returned to normal, I enrolled at Houston Community College. I focused on my basics at first; I believe it’s the safest path to take when you’re undecided about a major. After my first semester of college, I started to look for a job on campus. I worked with the Student Activities Office for two years and then had the opportunity to work in the Counseling Department as an office clerk, while also completing my Associate in Arts and transferring to University of Houston.

By the time I made it to UH, I was certain I wanted to pursue a career in business, so I applied to Bauer College of Business and continued with my undergraduate degree. But as the semesters passed and I continued working in the Counseling Department at HCC, I was exposed to the immense number of roles an academic counselor or academic adviser has in a student’s college experience. I had found my calling! Meanwhile, reality kicked in, and after going over the classes I had completed and needed to complete with an advisor at UH, I was too far along in my degree in business administration to change majors. I graduated from UH with a BBA, but with the notion that I wanted to pursue a career in helping others in an academic environment.

After graduation, I got the opportunity to work as an academic adviser at HCC, and loved every minute of it. I understood the questions and doubts of every new, current and transfer student I met. One of the many rewards of this profession is guiding individuals and seeing the end result at their graduation ceremony.

I have been privileged to work at a two year community college and now at University of Houston-Clear Lake, where I can continue working with students and guiding them in achieving their academic goals.

Ruby Villegas
Academic Transfer Advisor
villegas@uhcl.edu
Phone: 281-283-2640
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