Commencement Spotlight: Tiffany Luna
July 25, 2022
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti
Each semester, the Commencement Spotlight series highlights graduating Bearkats with a “can-do” spirit through challenges and service.
Bachelor of Science in Education
Tiffany Luna’s academic achievements led her to the amazing opportunity of becoming a Terry Foundation Scholar at Sam Houston State University. While her success as a student has been impressive, she still had challenges with being the first in her family to pursue a college degree.
“Going to college was something I always wanted, but as a first-generation student I struggled with feelings of imposter syndrome,” Luna said. “A full ride scholarship made my dream possible, so when I was experiencing self-doubt, I thought about how blessed I was to be in college.”
Passionate about being a teacher in her future, the self-proclaimed “lover of learning” embraced her college life and grew as an SHSU student, both in and outside the classroom. She became active in several student organizations, including Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and the Student Alumni Association. She also served as a community outreach officer with the Texas Association for Future Educators.
“I participated in a variety of community service projects with the SHSU Terry Scholars and my sorority,” she said. “This included helping with campus events like the 9/11 memorial, events with student activities, highway clean ups and work in the food pantry.”
In a short span of three years, she has completed her bachelor’s degree and been accepted into the SHSU College of Education graduate program, where she plans to pursue a master’s degree.
Luna is also ready to embark on her new journey, finally fulfilling her dream of being an educator.
“I have accepted a position as a first-grade bilingual teacher in Aldine ISD for the upcoming school year,” Luna said. “My goal is to be the best teacher that Sam Houston’s COE has trained me to be and to make a positive impact with my students. My college experiences molded me into the Bearkat teacher that I am today.”
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