Big Wells native Derek Serrano recently graduated from Sul Ross with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. He is employed by Sul Ross on the Uvalde campus as an Enrollment Specialist, helping new and returning students achieve their academic goals through the recruiting and admissions process.
He takes pride in what he does and enjoys working with students, assisting them with the admissions process and giving them information that helps them make decisions regarding their academic careers.
His own experience helps him understand what students need. Following a four year pause after earning his associate degree, Derek decided he wanted to explore his potential and realized continuing his education would give him some direction. Sul Ross was there to answer the call, providing a “convenient, affordable, yet practical solution to my problem.”
Derek said, “Receiving my degree has reinforced my self-confidence, aided my preparation through practical study habits, and strengthened my diligence towards analysis and problem solving.” He went on to say that finishing his bachelor’s increased his determination to continue his education. He hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in environmental law, or he may decide to become an instructor in higher education.
When asked which SRSU instructors inspired him, Derek said Drs. Martin Urbina and Wesley Wynne helped him understand ideas and events that shaped the development of society and the idea that students armed with that knowledge can expand those ideas to empower future generations.
Derek remembers his SRSU graduation fondly as he shared the ceremony with his longtime girlfriend, Erika. He admires her for her dedication and sacrifice, working full-time while earning her master’s degree. Following commencement, the couple celebrated with both of their families and he considers it the highlight of his time at Sul Ross.
In his free time, Derek spends time with his family, Erika, and their dog, Chewbacca, plays basketball and follows the Spurs, travels, reads, draws and plays board and video games. He also enjoys watching and discussing movies, playing the guitar, camping, hiking, and eating.
by Laura Nelson