Student Highlight

Shannon Peterson

Major: Mechanical Engineering   

Success Story:

I joined UNM’s Student Support Services-TRIO (SSS) program during my freshman year and was supported by the staff throughout the year. In my sophomore year, SSS hired me as a Tutor/Mentor to help other incoming SSS students in mathematics, English, chemistry, and physics. In my role as Tutor/Mentor, I worked with other Tutor/Mentors and we grew together as a great team to help SSS students. Working at SSS meant a lot to me because it is like my UNM family. Since my hometown is back in Denver, SSS served as a base for me. As I moved along in my engineering courses, the work became more demanding and I had to make the decision to leave the Tutor/Mentor position. I didn’t totally leave SSS. I definitely dropped into the SSS office when I needed support and direction on my financial aid. I also dropped in just to visit and stay connected with the friends I made. I have since graduated from UNM and I landed my dream job at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado! I will be working in manufacturing for satellites, solar arrays, etc. and anything that pretty much goes into space.

Nubia Ceniceros

Major: Criminology & Spanish

Success Story:

In order to ease the transition between high school and college, Nubia joined SSS during her freshman year at UNM. With a double major in Criminology and Spanish, Nubia is a senior at UNM that will be graduating. She recently applied to the Spanish MA program at the University of New Mexico and is proud to announce that she has been accepted. Nubia says that her family helps keep her motivated to achieve her goals stating, “Their love and support have helped me a lot throughout my journey in college and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I’m very thankful for everything that they have done for me.”

Nubia also accentuates the importance of SSS in her success, claiming that “SSS has been a blessing in my life. The advisors have always been there for me and always believed in me. They encouraged me to apply to graduate school and were always willing to help me. SSS has helped me be successful in college and has helped me to accomplish my goals.” We are very proud of Nubia’s accomplishments and hope to see her thrive in all her future endeavors.

Words of advice to incoming students:

"Take advantage of everything the program has to offer."