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Maria Yanez

Maria YanezMaria, a plant science student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has a passion for agriculture and botany that stems back to her family's love for raising plants.

"I grew up in a family full of green thumbs," says Maria. "Agriculture just came naturally to me. I didn't really have to find it; it came to me."

When she's not growing academically in the classroom, Maria finds herself growing culturally and socially thanks to the Hispanic Outreach program led by Luis Franco and Gilbert Hernandez. The interaction between different Latin American cultures in the program allowed Maria to enjoy her culture a little more and relate to people who shared similar experiences.

In the classroom, agricultural sciences professor Dr. Derald Harp made a lasting impression on Maria in a plant science class thanks to his personalized teaching style and invaluable knowledge and skills regarding plant growth, care and development.

"Dr. Harp interacts with you one-on-one," says Maria. "He tells you step by step how to cut a plant, shows techniques for reproducing a plant, and explains why plants grow and develop the way they do."

In the future Maria plans to grow fruit trees and make a living farming and exporting produce in the U.S. and the world.

Maria Yanez