Mayra Herrera Gonzales

Encouraged to Press On

Class of 2018

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Mayra Herrera-Gonzales is a senior Molecular Biology major from Plainview, TX. Since her sophomore year she’s been conducting research that focuses on addictive behaviors. She also serves as the treasurer for Wayland’s chapter of the Texas Academy of Science.

After graduation Gonzales plans to attend Texas Tech and pursue a master’s degree in Molecular Pathology.


On academic rigor…


“The professors let the students know what is expected of them. Dr. Daniela Derderian constantly reminds us that we the students are the ones responsible for our learning. I couldn’t agree more. The classes are tough and definitely push you to think, learn, and perform at a level that you were not previously at. The classes are challenging, but not to the point of frustration. I am a visual and hands on learner, I really like that the professors integrate plenty of hands on lab experiments.”


On what she likes best about Wayland…


“I am a science major with a business minor, so I have encountered professors from both schools. I really like that the professors actually care about your success. They will do anything they can to help you get to where you’re headed in your academic career.”


On Christian education…


“I absolutely love that some of the professors start the class with prayer. It reminds me that all of the capabilities of the human body were so delicately put together by a power bigger than we could imagine.”


On experiential learning…


“Wayland offers high quality experiential learning. As mentioned before, I am involved in research and many of the skills that I have learned are not available to undergraduate researchers in bigger universities. The undergraduate research opportunities are too good to pass up.”


On finding your excellence…


“I have always wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I have worked as a CNA as well as a pharmacy technician. When I started at Wayland I thought I wanted to become a pharmacist, but once I got involved in research I fell in love with it! I’m a bit of an introvert, so having direct patient contact has always been an issue. My professor told me about the graduate program at Texas Tech that would allow me work in the medical field but also be able to do so without the direct patient contact. A career as a medical laboratory scientist is perfect for me!”