Family has been a huge influence on Facilities Planning and Construction’s student worker Nancy Borja who has made it her inspiration for both her educational and career objectives.

Born in Houston and raised in Sugar Land by her parents, both from Mexico, Borja came from a large family with 4 siblings and 46 first cousins. She is currently a nutrition and foods senior at UH, and when she graduates in May 2013 she will be only the third in her family to receive a college degree. She chose to study a subject that is close to her heart and also became involved in two related student organizations, Student Nutrition Association and the American Chemical Society.

“I like to help others that have health impairments because of the health issues within my own family - my father has diabetes- and that’s why I serve in these organizations,” she said.

Borja balances her studies and involvement in student organizations with her current position with Facilities Planning and Construction. She discovered the job opening through the university’s career center and joined the team in January 2012. She assists the team with general office duties including data entry, running errands, assisting on office projects and picking up and delivering contracts for the contract coordinators.

“I am learning things here that I will apply in my career later, for example, how to interact in an office environment after I graduate and get a full time job,” she said.

Borja said she likes the people she works with and enjoys working on campus because it is close to her classes and her supervisors are willing to be flexible with her hours to comply with her school schedule. Kimberly Barras, administrative coordinator for Facilities Planning and Construction, oversees her daily activities.

“Nancy Borja is an excellent worker and needs little to no supervision. She completes all of the requests given to her in a very timely manner and does a great job! We have come to depend on her and know she will complete any task she is given. We are very lucky to have her!” Barras said.

Outside of campus, Borja said she also enjoys hanging out with friends, baking sweet treats, watching football and going dancing. She also enjoys participating in 5K runs around Houston and has completed runs to support medical research for ovarian cancer and diabetes, the March of Dimes organization as well as participated in the Navidad en el Barrio and running of the bulls.

After graduation, Borja said she hopes to obtain an internship in the dietician field in order to experience what graduate school will be all about before she pursues a master’s degree in nutrition. She said her dream job would be to work in a hospital as a registered dietician where she can continue her objective of helping people to get better.