2016-17 Joe Tison Outstanding Speech Student Award
Name: Carolina Gonzalez
Course of Study: Psychology
What is the best part of attending WC? The entire administration of Weatherford College is so willing to help you succeed. They push you to greater things and support you the whole way.
What are your post-WC plans? I have been accepted and will be transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of 2017. There I will obtain my bachelor's degree in psychology, and then I will transfer to Texas Woman’s University where I will work either toward my master’s degree or my doctorate degree.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school or studying? A great deal
of my time is spent with my friends organizing, planning or volunteering with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, which I thoroughly enjoy. I love watching movies, taking long walks, jogging, but most of all talking and making people laugh.
What is your dream job? My dream job and ultimate goals are to become a mental health counselor and eventually a college professor. This is a career path I find important and that I am very passionate about.
Who has been your greatest hero/mentor? From my time at Weatherford College, there have been so many encouraging people placed in my life. From my faithful advisors in the SSS program (Chad, Kim, Denise), my outstanding Phi Theta Kappa advisor (Dr. Trey Jansen), to my wonderful supervisor and teacher (Professor Landis), it is truly a challenge to choose only one. Among the vast majority of people in my life who have inspired me and who I love sincerely, Dr. Trickett stands out. My first semester at Weatherford College, I took his Introduction to Philosophy class. I was quickly faced with the complicated process of learning to contemplate and consider all things – to think. Dr. Trickett was knowledgeable of many subjects and provided every lecture in such a way that it simultaneously connected with every aspect of my academic career at that time and ever since. I strived to excel in his class and gained a sense of pride in my schoolwork because of him. I have never faced a more challenging professor than Dr. Trickett, but I have continued to enroll in his classes. He will always remain as one of the people who challenged me the most and changed my life.
What is your favorite book? "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee
How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC? I was aware that my future education would be extensive and expensive. I did my research and found that the quality of education provided by the faculty of Weatherford College was well beyond the affordable price.
How would you describe the campus life experience you’ve had at WC? It has been nothing but wonderful. I love the strong sense of community and fraternity that encompasses the campus. If I had to sum up Weatherford College in one word, it would be “home.”
How would you describe the quality of education you have received at WC? Of the highest quality. I feel as though all of my classes appropriately advanced and prepared me as time went on. All of my professors challenged me in new ways and increased my love of learning. Moreover, they worked hard and always presented me with the best education possible.
How would you describe the individual attention you have received at WC? I am so grateful for all the attention I have received here. Not only has kindness been extended to me, but genuine interest in my well-being as well.
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