Transfer Student Finds Her Calling in Higher Education

2021 National Transfer Student Week Feature: Kirstin Martinez
By Theodore Davis | October 18, 2021
Kirstin Martinez
Kirstin Martinez | Photo Courtesy of Kirstin Martinez

Kirstin Martinez has made a name for herself at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, taking every opportunity she’s found to get involved in her university: She is reaching out to new and current students as a Blue Coat Ambassador, and leading the way as the Vice President of the Student Government Association. Along the way, she’s set a new goal for herself, pursuing a master’s degree from A&M-Central Texas and a future career in higher education.

Martinez says she has gained valuable experience in academia that will take her a long way. The decision to transfer from Central Texas College (CTC), and Midwestern State University (MSU) before that, has shaped her future. It has given her the tools she needs to build a successful career. Meanwhile, it has also allowed her to find her own way.

Martinez had been looking at A&M-Central Texas for some time before moving to Killeen in 2018. She had attended MSU for some time, but she needed a couple of classes that did not transfer. Martinez nailed down those academic credits at Central Texas College, and got on track to earn her bachelor’s.

Martinez said her introduction to A&M-Central Texas was great, even before classes started. She described the admission staff as great and understanding.

She said, “If I didn’t understand where to go … they were able to point me in the right direction.”

The staff at the university also helped her with the financial side of her transfer.

“The tuition here is absolutely amazing … The only reason I’m getting my master’s so soon is because of how affordable it is here,” she said.

Martinez was able to take advantage of the university’s financial aid programs, as well. The university’s Bachelor Bonus program caps a student’s tuition and mandatory fees at just 12 credit hours per academic semester. Students taking additional hours – 15, 18, or more – do not pay for anything beyond the first 12.

“I’ve had semesters where I’ve taken five classes,” Martinez said. “It’s difficult, but I did it, and it is more affordable that way if you can handle it.”

Her affordable education left Martinez time to engage on-campus. She has had several student-worker jobs. Plus, she is the Senior Administrative Associate for Career & Professional Development. She has jumped head-first into campus life. She recommends that any new student do the same:

“Find your pod … The best way that you can be successful here is to put yourself out there.”

After doing so much for the university, Martinez has gotten a taste for academia. In fact, she seems to have found her calling. She plans to graduate in December of 2021. After that, it's straight into a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership.

“By receiving a degree from TAMUCT, I will be able to continue networking and obtain skills that will be essential in my dream career. I look forward to my future and giving back to TAMUCT as much as it has given me.”

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