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Olga Vargas Cruz

PSJA North Early College High School, Class of 2018

Associate Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College

Plans to Attend: The University of Texas at Austin
Major: Biomedical Engineering

2-year President of Spanish Club / ESL freshmen tutor / Hispanic Honor Society member / National Honor Society member / HOSA-Future Health Professionals member / Nursing homes volunteer

What are your goals and aspirations?
I want to use my career to innovate, to research and create all kinds of medical equipment to save lives all around the world. My goal is to teach othes that everything is possible if you think it is. My biggest goal is to be happy, to connect, and meet as many people as possible. I want to discover what this country and the world has to offer me. I want to help others to be successful like those who helped me.

2-year President of Spanish Club, Hispanic Honor Society member, National Honor Society member, HOSA-Future Health Professionals member.

How was your Early College experience?
I have no words to describe PSJA. Everything that I had the pleasure to be a part of has impacted my life forever. The people I have met, clubs, organizations, service, everything, has been an unbelievable experience. I was able to meet some of the greatest people on this planet who guided me and inspired me. They guided me to obeserve my surroundings and inspired me to be different. I was told that in order to change the world I needed to start with the ones around me, so I did. In this community, I was able to to develop new skills, share my ideas, build my personality, and listen to what others have to offer.

What has Early College done for you?
The Early College program has allowed me to develop in the largest academic field. It has taught me that it is important to have strong foundations in education and to find success. Through AP and Dual classes, I have discovered what I am capable of and what my potential is.

What would be your message for underclassmen?
Take everything that is given and try to get the best lessons from everything you do. It doesn't matter how big or small it is. In every single thing that you do, do it with passion and don't be scared to fail because the biggest achievments are the result of little mistakes.