Success Story - Samantha Almario

Success Story

Success Story - Samantha Almario

Samantha photoA Successful Semester of Change

It has been a busy semester of change for everyone, notably for the Career Center’s own student employee Samantha Jones.

Strike that. Samantha Almario. 

Not only did this talented UCCS ROTC student get married to her longtime sweetheart during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she also graduated on May 15, 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, making the Dean’s List, the President’s List and earning the distinction of Magna Cum Laude during her academic career on campus.

This past Spring, Almario also applied for admission to graduate school and ended up having her pick of programs to choose from. She starts classes at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California in August 2020 where she will pursue a Doctorate's of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D).

As if that wasn’t quite enough, the newly minted Mrs. Almario also became the newly minted 2nd Lieutenant Almario in the United States Army, thanks to the Green to Gold Hip-Pocket Scholarship Option, a three- year program that provides eligible, active duty enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or a two-year degree and then earn a commission as an Army Officer. 

Clearly (as we who have worked with her in the Career Center know well) Samantha is someone who isn’t afraid to set high goals for herself and put in the required work to reach them.

“You have to dream big and go after it. You are the only one who holds you back,” said Almario.

One of her favorite quotes is by philosopher Marcus Aurelius: “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.” 

It was a quote that seemed to inspire her during her journey at UCCS. 

“Junior year was my hardest year but I stuck with it and became involved in different activities on campus. I participated in a service learning internship class where I took on an internship at Fort Carson, CO. I became a LAS Peak Ambassador for the Psychology and Military Science Department. I also worked at the Career Center part-time where I helped students with career options and the staff market and manage the program. I also became a Gateway Program seminar peer mentor for incoming freshman,” she said.  

She recommends that current UCCS students also take steps to be actively involved on campus, too. 

“As I became more involved in those activities and with classes, it only reaffirmed the direction I was going with my studies in psychology. I was also positively influenced by my professors as well, especially Drs. Sandy Wurtele and Daniel Segal,” she said. 

Almario is looking forward to the next chapter in her studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and then in her career as an Army clinical psychologist after that. 

“I’ve seen a lot of neglect with regard to mental health in the military and I hope to one day help shape policies that will more actively promote preventative measures that can in turn help Soldiers in their jobs and in their lives,” said Almario. 

Article written by Janet Farley, UCCS Career Center.