Engineering grad succeeds after pursuing diploma for 12 years: UNM Newsroom


Derric Romero compares his pupil expertise at The College of New Mexico to the movie Van Wilder. Within the film, the decided Wilder takes seven years to finish his diploma and graduate.

“I began UNM within the fall of 2010, recent out of highschool, 17 years previous, naïve to the world, school and experiences to come back,” Romero stated.

Romero lastly graduated this Spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Science diploma in Mechanical Engineering, 12 years after he first began attending UNM.

“It wasn’t at all times steady. I did drop out as soon as for about two years, and I took a semester off right here and there to save lots of as much as pay for varsity.”

The going usually obtained robust and discouraging.

“To anybody struggling to succeed in greater training, maintain climbing. The steps might get tougher, however the crest is inside your attain.”


Derric Romero, graduate, Class of 2022

Romero recalled his dorm days of being poor and, with greatest pal Pat Arite, getting lunch meat from La Posada cafeteria, including it to a sluggish cooker filled with beans, and feeding everybody on the dorm flooring on chilly days.

He additionally struggled with ADHD, work-life stability, and “allow us to admit it, procrastination. When my GPA dropped, I needed to take intersession courses and my grades had been at all times down, so I used to be at all times at school.”

Romero obtained to high school by 8 a.m. and stayed within the library till it closed at 2:30 a.m., sometimes napping in corners as he doggedly pursued his diploma. He noticed the campus change and lots of of his buddies graduate as he continued and eventually succeeded.

He credit his success to his mom Darlene Esquibel and father Peter Romero for being “my rock, and typically my arduous place,” in addition to Arite, ”who nonetheless conjures up desires.”

“My great mom by no means let me hand over. She would at all times say, ‘Let’s determine it out, what do we have to do?’… She was by my aspect to have fun the A’s and repeat the F’s. We by no means gave up, via sleepless nights at Zim, the dying of buddies, dropping out and missed grades, full time jobs and overdue account balances. I by no means gave up as a result of I couldn’t let her or myself down.”

Romero is also grateful to Faculty of Engineering school and employees, together with professor of Mechanical Engineering John Russell, affiliate professor of Mechhanical Engineering Svetlana Poroseva, and program advisement coordinator Anna Mae Apodaca for getting him via to his diploma.

Romero has set his sights on a future in area, utilizing his new diploma to additional analysis and discover area and probably pursue a grasp’s diploma in an aeronautical discipline.

“To anybody struggling to succeed in greater training, maintain climbing. The steps might get tougher, however the crest is inside your attain. By no means be afraid to be the oldest particular person within the room or to solely take one class a semester, as a result of that is your journey and yours alone, and most significantly by no means be afraid to come back again to the Pack.”

His UNM expertise has “helped me develop into a well-rounded man. I got here in not even 18 and I stroll away a proud engineer. It’s helped me perceive dedication and perseverance. UNM has made me resilient… By no means underestimate the facility of a pack. Discover yours and by no means allow them to go. Your pack is your energy… I can actually say I’m proud to be a Lobo.”



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