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Success Coaches

Veronica Lopez

Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi

What I have learned as a Success Coach is that it takes a lot more initiative to advising students in the world of higher education. I am here to help students because I am compassionate, supportive, and driven to help students succeed. I was once an undergraduate student; therefore, to me all students matter and deserve an education. I am a wife/mother, a learner, an educator and a first generation student. I am currently 15 hours away from my masters in Adult and Higher education following the higher education route at UHV. My door is almost always open and I am here to help you create your own success story.

Jesse McLain

I’m a father, husband, learner, and would-be woodworker. I’m originally from Pampa, Texas, but I moved to Victoria as a teenager with my Mom. I earned my B.A. in English from UHV and taught high school English, journalism, and yearbook for four years. I’m currently working on my Masters in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in history. I’m not sure where the future will take me, but I enjoy teaching and helping people, so chances are I’ll be doing that in some form. Welcome to UHV, and let me know if I can help you in any way.

Practice proactive procrastination. If you do it now, you won’t have to do it later.

Sara Thurmond

Vince Lombardi said, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”  As a Success Coach, I am passionate about helping my students put in the work and reach their goals.  I work with my students as they transition into college.  I help them with everything from degree plans, time management, organization, stress management, connecting on campus, becoming independent, and more.  I understand that every student is different and there is no “one size fits all” approach to college.  I strive to help my student find their own, unique path to success. 

My educational background includes a BS in mathematical sciences and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education.  I earned both degrees at the University of Houston-Victoria.  I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Lamar University.

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Success Ambassadors

Brittany Bohr

My name is Brittany Bohr, and I was born in Santa Rosa, California and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am currently living in Fort Worth, Texas.  I am a freshmen and pursuing a degree in Computer Science for Game Development.  I hope to be a level designer once I graduate.  I love to watch action/ adventure/ horror movies as well as play card games and video games.  I love to collect buttons as well as hats.  You will see me jamming out to my tunes most of the time but am always up for a conversation. 

College Tip: Try to color code your classes.  It helps you coordinate your notes to your folders and is really easy to pick out when looking for them at the beginning of class.  Plus, it makes your backpack all colorful!

Joanne Carrejo

My name is Joanne Carrejo. I'm from a small town outside of San Antonio, Texas called Natalia. My major is in English, and I hope to work with kids and motivate them to want to learn. My hobbies include being active by working out or participating in events on campus; I also love napping and being creative! An interesting fact about me is I really love joking around and laughing :) you can hardly ever catch me being serious about something.

College Tip: always do your work first before having fun. Not only will you get all the important stuff out of the way, but when you're having fun, you won't be left with the guilt of not having finished your work.

Alondra Moctezuma

Hello, my name is Alondra Moctezuma, and I am from Austin, Texas.  I am currently a sophomore and a part of the college forward mentor program as well as a member of ACLU (American Liberties Union). My goal is to become a lawyer/Judge to better the system of law in our Nation. Therefore, i am majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Political Science. I love to debate so I am a part of the YMCA youth and government where I went to nationals. 

College Tip: Get involved on campus. A big problem for many students is a combination of homesickness and a sense of not quite belonging. A solution? Consider being a part of a group, student organization, clubs, sororities or fraternities, or sport teams, but be careful not to go overboard.  Soon, you will make new friends, obtain new skills, and feel more connected to your school. :)

Michelle Revels

Hi! My name is Michelle Revels, and I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. I am a sophomore, and I am a member of the softball team. I am currently majoring in Kinesiology with a secondary teaching certification in history. For my future occupation, I would like to be in sports broadcasting as a sportscaster. I am obsessed with my dog, Abby, and I love being on the beach.

College Tip: Make a schedule for yourself. Time management is a key factor in being successful. In order to study efficiently, you need to plan out how and when you will study.

Stanley Smith

My name is Stanley Smith. I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, and raised in Arlington, Texas. I am a senior, and a member of the men's soccer team. I am also the senior class representative for SGA. I am majoring in Business Marketing, and hoping to use that degree to work in the sports industry. My future goal is to start my own youth soccer club. One interesting fact about me is that I love pancakes.

College Tip: Have your priorities straight. Everyone is different. What is important to you may not be important to someone else. You must begin to think about what you want to get out of this college experience and from that you must prioritize in a way that will keep you on a successful path.

Sophia Solano

My name is Sophia Solano, and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Currently I am a sophomore in college, and I am a Student Success Ambassador for UHV. I am also employed at Victoria West High School as an AVID Tutor. My major is Early Childhood Education, and my goal is to earn a Master’s Degree once I obtain my Bachelors. I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I want to be the best teacher I can be! I want to be able to teach my students all about the world we live in and how to succeed in our society. Some fun facts about me are that I LOVE animals dearly, and I love making people smile with homemade crafts and sweets!

College Tip: Always carry a planner with you, or at least have a To-Do list. They are great ways to get all your ideas put down on paper and organize yourself if you have a full schedule. Also, highlighters and colorful pens are great to help you study!

Ben Taylor

My name is Ben Taylor, and I was born in Nottingham, England. I am a senior, and I am majoring in history. My future plans are a little uncertain; however, I can see myself teaching in the future. I would say my biggest hobby at the moment is travelling, and I do not want to stop anytime soon! Soccer has always been a passion of mine, even though I am not playing anymore.

College Tip: One thing that has always helped me in college is asking for help, whether it is from your professor or from friends/other students. I find that many students will try and do everything on their own and will struggle. As a student you should never be ashamed to ask for help! I believe this can make all students successful.


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Teaching Assistant Page what does TA mean?

Include a picture and contact information for each teaching assistant.  Also, get each one to write a little bio of themselves to introduce themselves to students.  (This will likely have to wait until fall, so can we keep this page hidden too?)


I think we already have a page for this that we can move over.  It should list all information about the various tests they do and give a place where students can sign up to do makeup exams.  I think it would be nice if there was a picture of Julie Buchhorn and her contact information. This should be a paragraph about them, and then link to them.


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