Gira Gomez’s parents encouraged her to set high goals. Since transferring to UH from Lone Star College, she has done exactly that.

Gomez will earn her Bachelor of Business Administration from the C. T. Bauer College of Business and has undoubtedly reached for the stars during her time here on campus. She’s served as a member of the Business Women Society and Program for Excellence in Selling (PES). Gomez also has benefitted as a Learning Abroad student, traveling to France and studying at the American Business School in Paris.

“My experience learning abroad taught me so much about what I can achieve,” she said. “I was raised by a Dominican mother and a Costa Rican father here in Houston. They didn’t have much when they came to the United States, but they instilled a vision within me to always reach for more, even if it may not seem possible.”

UH, she said, also has been helpful in helping her become a high achiever. Through University programs such as the Program for Excellence in Selling, she earned a competitive internship with Dell Technologies. Following graduation, she will have a job awaiting her with that same company.

She also credits Learning Abroad and her experience in France for providing global perspectives that she will apply to her career.

“UH has supported my professional ambitions by helping me better define what I want to see myself become in the future,” said Gomez, whose international trip was supported by a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. “The staff and the professors have truly what supported my career goals and I’m eternally grateful for their impact on me.”

The road to commencement was not exactly a smooth one, she said. It took some time to adjust to a Tier 1 university after transferring from Lone Star College. Balancing part-time jobs with schoolwork also provided some challenges. Still, her parents’ encouragement and a “can do” attitude made the difference for Gomez.

“I truly believe that everything happens for a reason,” she said. “If it were not for the challenges I endured, I would not be here graduating, debt-free, and with a full-time job secured.”


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