The month of May marks the end of another semester and the start of a new summer, but for some, this month represents graduation and the start of a new stage in life.
Amber Bachner, a senior at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is among the wave of students who will be graduating with the Islander Class of 2017 on May 13.
Her journey at the Island University began at 23 years old, a married young adult unsure of what path she wanted to take in higher education. She opted for a route relating most to her passions towards psychology and the arts.
“Amber is without question a delightful individual, easy to work with, so conscientious and the kind of serious student any faculty mentor would value working with,” said Lisa Comparini, assistant professor for the College of Liberal Arts.
Currently, Bachner is on track to graduate with a Bachelors in psychology and a minor in studio art. She has worked hard to be in the place she is right now, taking up to 19 hours a semester while being married and interning at a private practice.
“The most challenging part of college, for me, was balancing my core classes with the extra Honors Program classes I’ve had to take in addition to courses for my major and my minor,” Bachner said.
Along with being a member of the Honors Program at TAMUCC, Bachner involved herself in as many extra-curricular activities as she could, which exposed her to many opportunities. However, the more involved she became, the more complex her college life became as well.
“I have had to really utilize and hone time management skills, embrace sacrifices of varying degrees and learn to take self-care seriously,” Bachner said. “Most importantly though, I had to push past my comfort zones.”
In her years at the Island University, Bachner has been recognized for her efforts. Some of her biggest accomplishments include making the Dean’s List twice, earning the Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities award and earning membership for: Psi Chi, Golden Key and Student Veterans Organization.
“Amber is a very hard worker, she takes on so much because she has so many different strengths,” Comparini said.
Upon completion of her graduation this semester, Bachner plans to continue her studies to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in order to work with Veterans and study creativity, cognition and behavior. She also plans to continuing her work as an artist.
Overall, Amber recalls her experience at the Island University as a positive one.
“My time at TAMUCC has seen me through incredible growth, both as a student and personally where I have developed many excellent relationships and have enjoyed my classes helping me realize what I want to do with my life,” Bachner said.
Amber’s words of encouragement to first year students would be to do their homework, show up to class and make an effort because she believes college is where you make yourself.