February 25, 2014
Wendy Acosta Quintero
Growing up in Colombia, Wendy Acosta Quintero often heard about Texas Tech University from her father, who came to campus in 1984 as an exchange student pursuing his master’s degree in education.
When the family moved to the United States in 2003, her father couldn’t wait to show them the university he came to love.
“When we moved, we planned a trip to the Grand Canyon and passed through Lubbock because my dad wanted to see how much Texas Tech changed over the years,” Wendy said. “As he showed my family and me around campus, he told us stories about his experiences at the university.”
Wendy followed her father’s footsteps and recently graduated from Texas Tech in 2013 with her bachelor in environmental engineering. She is currently a graduate student at Whitacre College of Engineering working toward her master’s in environmental engineering.
“I remember seeing pictures and anecdotes from my father’s time in the United States,” said Wendy, who is originally from Valledupar, Cesar, Colombia. “It was exciting to visit Lubbock with my family after already knowing so much.”
Not only did she come to Texas Tech because of her father’s past experience, but also because of her major. Passionate about nature, Wendy knew she wanted to solve problems and make a difference in the world.
“There are very few schools that offer the opportunity to study environmental engineering as an undergraduate student, which is why Texas Tech was the perfect place for me,” she said. “The university has many resources and research opportunities for students to be involved.”
Keeping close to her Colombian roots, Wendy joined Unidos por un Mismo Idioma, a Texas Tech student organization, that connects students from Latin America. She is also a student ambassador for the College of Engineering.
“It has been hard being away from home, but the student body is very diverse, which has helped me learn more about different cultures,” Wendy said. “Being involved has helped me create great relationships with people in many of the departments here at Texas Tech, and the friendly faculty have made it very welcoming.”
After graduation, Wendy wants to start her career in the United States near her family who currently live in Houston and, eventually, start traveling overseas to practice her profession abroad.
“My time at Texas Tech has been a memorable experience that I will carry in my heart forever; but I do hope to go back to Colombia to be closer to my people and culture that I love,” Wendy said.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
Student Recreation Center.
What is your favorite Tech tradition?
Carol of Lights
What do you love most about being a Red Raider?
The network and meeting other Red Raiders outside of Lubbock.
What is your favorite Texas Tech memorabilia?
A huge “Double T” pillow my mother gave me.
What advice would you give to a current Texas Tech student?
Take advantage of every resource and opportunity available to you.