This section of Tapestry houses the stories of TAMUK Freshman and of who inspired them to find their way to study within the Javelina Nation.
Among these stories we find the history of south Texas, its people, those who immigrated from others states and from other countries. We find stories of those for who education was not an option and for those who graduated with professional degrees.
Regardless of the economic status of the families or of the occurrences of tragedies, each family send forth their student to TAMUK in hopes that their lives would change for the better.
Throughout my entire life I have been lucky enough to have many people to look up to and follow. One person in particular has provided me with an example and inspired me in a number of ways for as long as I can remember...
Someone I have looked up to since I was a kid is my dad. He’s always been there for me and supporting me in whatever I do. Even though I am in college now I continue to look up to him.
Leonel Elizondo Sr.
There were many people in my life that doubted my success, but there were also the ones who were there for me and encouraged me to thrive. The one who stuck with me through it all was my mother.
On January 8, 1984 in Raymondville Texas a young beautiful baby girl named Betty Jo Tijerina was born. Betty was the middle child of 5 children, all kids of Maribel Tijerina and Roel Barron. She had 2 brothers named Victor Tijerina and Omar Tijerina.
Betty Jo Tijerina
It is very beneficial for one to have a father figure and not just any person but someone who could resemble my father. Everyone is not the same when it comes to raising a child but someone that can make the best out of their child and instill them with respectable attributes will impact a person’s life greatly.
When asked the question who I can depend on under the most extreme conditions, I immediately know the answer. This individual is my guide to great success, as well as my tutor in the times of brutal failures. My Grandfather has been my solid foundation during my whole 18 years on this Earth, never to be deterred from passionately supporting me through it all.
James Edward Rich
Before we ever begin anything we find a reason to start it, and when we are far into war objective and get tired, we remind ourselves of why we started. The reason I have made it this far into my life and for my achievements, is my mother, her name is Aracely Davila, she was born in a ranch in Rio Bravo Tamaulipas Mexico she was the second youngest sibling of the four.
Benjamin J. Rangel
Elias Phillip Rangel
My dad has been my inspiration since I was little, and even today he inspires me to try my best and be whatever I want to be. My dad has always been there for me when I felt down, and he always tries to give me advice about life as much as he can. If my dad did not tell me to go college to get a better life and better education, I would probably not even be here today.
Every individual has that one person who inspires them to be the best version of themselves. My dad has always been my biggest influencer and the one who inspires me the most. He has taught me so much in life, and inspires me to do great things and have a strong work ethic.