Jared Gaitan

Gaitan, Jared
Title: Instructor|History
Department: Humanities
Office: PH 102J

About Jared Gaitan

Institute:  Creative & Communication Arts

Education: 

M.A.|History|University of Texas at San Antonio

B.A.|History|University of Texas at San Antonio

Preference: 

Though I do not have a preference, history majors are usually in need of guidance both in their class selection and for their future plans. Film Club Mexican-American Studies, History majors, Creative and Communication Arts students, Latinx students First-generation students.

Experience:

It is important to have a good work-life balance, and I try to maintain a few active hobbies and interests outside the classroom. I'm a big pop-culture nerd, and you will often find me enjoying the latest trend sweeping the online zeitgeist, whether that is movies, games, anime, or streaming.

Bio: 

Though I do not have a preference, history majors are usually in need of guidance both in their class selection and for their future plans. The degree plan is very open, and that level of choice can be paralyzing when students attempt to balance it with their future plans. Additionally, most history students are interested in teaching, but do not consider other related fields such as museum studies, law, historical preservation, etc. that are high-paying and in-demand (especially in major cities). As someone who has very recently gone through the path that many history majors want to pursue, I am in a great position to advise them on the potential pitfalls and possible alternatives that are available. Teaching is a very competitive field, and I am fortunate to be where I am; so I would like to use my position to help students get to where is best for them.

I had a... let's call it interesting... time in college. When I graduated from high school, I was one of the top performing students in Texas, and thought that college would be just as easy for me as my high school classes had been. I was very wrong. I enrolled at UTSA and was immediately lost. The classes were fast-paced. I had a hard time making new friends in an environment full of strangers. For a while, I was depressed. My falling grades reflected these difficulties, and I wondered if I could really succeed. After a dismal first year, I enrolled at NVC. The smaller classes enabled me to really experience faculty mentoring for the first time, as the instructors saw my struggles and helped me work through them. I learned how to budget my time, how to effectively study and work, how to build a support network of friends and mentors, and how to take better care of my mental health. Though I had foundered in my first year, I absolutely shined from then on. I graduated from NVC with my Associate's Degree in 2012 and re-enrolled at UTSA. I earned a 3.9 GPA during the last two years of my BA, and was awarded a fellowship that allowed me to earn a Master's Degree. Upon completion of that program, I had the opportunity to work at NVC as an adjunct faculty member for 3 years before being hired as a full-time instructor. I strive to do everything I can to ensure that my students can have the guidance that they need to overcome their own struggles and achieve their vision of success. All that aside, it is important to have a good work-life balance, and I try to maintain a few active hobbies and interests outside the classroom. I'm a big pop-culture nerd, and you will often find me enjoying the latest trend sweeping the online zeitgeist, whether that is movies, games, anime, or streaming. If you want to talk about the newest releases or the freshest memes, chances are I will know what you're talking about. I have more traditional interests as well, and like to spend time listening to music in my home studio while I read. My book and music collections are esoteric, to say the least, running the gamut from Victorian horror to medieval travel diaries and Tejano staples to Mongolian metal. Altogether, I have a wide variety of interests and relish helping people broaden their horizons. If you are in history, or any of the Creative and Communication Arts fields, or even if you have a passing interest in them, I would be delighted to guide you through your journey at NVC and help you discover the possibilities that lay before you.