OCCC Student Spotlight

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Mary Iruegas

Oklahoma City, OK
Administrative Office Technology

Why did you choose to study at OCCC?

I wanted more for my family; I wanted more for me.

I’m grateful for the Career Transitions program at OCCC – it’s what got me started in the first place. Dr. Yoder and Ms. Suzanne Moore are wonderful instructors. The classes they teach are really good ‘first courses’ to take; they serve as eye openers for what’s to come.

What is your favorite class?

I really enjoyed Success in College and Life. The class really gives you great information about financial aid, all the labs on campus, and the opportunities available to you as a student. Success in College and Life helped me discover my learning style – because we all learn differently. It’s a great course that gives you an idea of what to expect from one semester to another.

What campus activities are you in/or have you been involved in at OCCC?

I have really enjoyed the “Brown Bag” seminars available on campus. One seminar topic dealt with sexual harassment; it was very informative. Another seminar featured guest speaker Danny Cahill of The Biggest Loser. His story was so inspiring.

How do you like your instructors?

I really like my instructors. They are all very straight forward, they let you know what they expect out of you as a student, and they seem to really care about your progress. I feel like a have a pretty good relationship with my instructors here.

If you have declared a major and are in a program – what do you like best about the program?

I’m majoring in the Administrative Office Technology program through Career Transitions on campus. I’m just getting started, but I’m really enjoying it.

What internship opportunities have you had?

Next year I will be doing my internship through Career Transitions, and I’m already excited. What I expect to do is an internship in general office work, which I plan to accomplish at a law office in Oklahoma City.

What are your plans following graduation?

My plan is to get my certificate in general office management through Career Transitions. I already have an opportunity to go to work for a law office in Oklahoma City after I get my certificate. While I’m working for the law firm, I plan to pursue my associate degree and become a legal assistant.

What advice would you offer to friends who are planning to enroll at OCCC?

Take the Success in College and Life course first – get an idea of what to expect and what the college expects of you. Also, find your place on campus with groups, through different activities and with friends from class.

What are some of your hobbies outside the classroom?

Right now – my kids are my hobby.