Nancy Limon Gonzalez, is a native of Linares, N.L. Mexico. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Pharmacy and Biology from The Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In 2010, she came to UTPA, where she has completed the pre-pharmacy requisites. Limon Gonzalez is the founding president of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), a national academic honor society, at UTPA and through very hard work she was able to bring about a successful chapter with 600 members. She has participated in community service, such as fundraising for the Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Christmas toy drive, RGV Food Bank, Beach Clean Up, health fairs, and letters for the troops. Her passion is to serve to the community through the health care profession. She is also a mother of three beautiful daughters.
Awards/Honors: NSCS Rookie of the Year Award, 2011; NSCS Gold Star Status, 2011-2013; NSCS First place, UTPA spirit week, Spring 2012; NSCS Integrity Award and Scholarship, 2011-2012; and NSCS National Officer Super Star of the Month, April 2013.
What are your plans after graduation? I am planning to apply to the MBA online accelerated program at UTPA this coming fall 2013, as well as to the transitional UTPA-UT Austin cooperative pharmacy program by next fall 2014.
Do you plan to stay in the Valley? Yes, I would love to come back to the Valley and give back to my community and to the visitors who come from Mexico. I am aware of the shortage of pharmacists in the Rio Grande Valley. This is one of the main reasons for me to be applying to the transitional cooperative pharmacy program.
What has your education done for you? My education has given me the tools necessary to go further and be able to achieve my professional goals. As professional from Mexico I was able to gain experience in my field and contribute to the society. As a UTPA student, I was able to gain knowledge and to participate in extracurricular activities that have helped me to improve my leadership skills, but more importantly to serve people. Education is one of the most important tools to be successful in life.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience? I feel very fortunate to be able to attend UTPA because it is a very recognized University. I have been exposed to many great opportunities and experiences. UTPA has excellent professors who are always giving their best to the students, and motivating them to pursue higher education.
What is the best tip for success? In order to be successful in life I believe a person should posses the following qualities: integrity, responsibility and perseverance. One should always do everything based on integrity because this is the key to be successful. Be a responsible person and take actions when you make a commitment. Always do your best and never leave anything unfinished. Lastly, but not least, is perseverance; sometimes a person may face many obstacles to be successful, but with perseverance it is possible to reach one’s goals.
What advice do you have for college-bound students? To never give up. There will be times where personal and financial problems may discourage students, however, students must always keep in mind how important their personal and professional goals are and they have to work hard to achieve them despite the current circumstances. The end product will be very rewarding and students will be overjoyed with their accomplishments.