"I had a lot of options when I graduated from high school. I was looking in California, Arkansas and UNM main campus in Albuquerque. I decided to attend UNM-Gallup because it is close to home, financially was the best option, lets me get my basics done here and allowed me to keep my job. Staying here really helped with my transition because of the smaller classes and overall smaller campus environment. I’m very satisfied with UNM-Gallup and appreciate how supportive everyone is. My professors have lots of energy and enthusiasm. After I get my AA degree I want to transfer to the UNM main campus. My experience at UNM-Gallup will make that transition very easy."

Hannah Sowers / 1st year student
Graduate of Rehoboth High School

"I had been out of school for 10 years. I didn’t feel motivated by my family and didn’t think education was important. I went through a bad time where I was homeless and pregnant with triplets. After they were born I promised myself I would make better decisions and coming to UNM-Gallup was the best thing that ever happened to me. I can now map out not only my future but that of my children. UNM-Gallup is about the Journey. It really is about the motto ‘Stay close, go far” because yu can stay close to your family and friends yet go far with your education. I came to UNM-Gallup because I wanted to and they did a great job of letting me know that if I work at giving 100%, they will meet me and make it happen. I haven’t dreamed like this since I was in high school – UNM-Gallup gave me my life again. If a mother of triplets can do it, you can do it!”

Latoya Willie / 1st year student
Mother of 5-year-old triplets