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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 3:00 am

MIDLAND Passing the bar is no small task. Midland College graduate Janet Moreno Farmer made it look easy. She received her Associate of Arts degree from MC, graduated with bachelor’s and law degrees from Texas Tech and then took the bar exam in July 2018, passing on the first try. Now she is working as an assistant criminal district attorney in Tarrant County. Moreno Farmer credits MC for helping her get where she is today.

“You have to be resilient entering law school,” Moreno Farmer said. “It is an uphill battle getting through the daily struggle of all the material, but MC gave me the foundation I needed to succeed. A lot of people are afraid to go to a smaller college because they think students miss big opportunities at a large university, but that’s not at all true. It is surreal to think I am now a practicing attorney. I always knew I wanted to be in public service, and criminal law has been my passion throughout law school.”

Moreno Farmer also credits her husband, Richie Farmer for being supportive of her pursuing her dream to be a lawyer.

“Richie is my biggest fan and was always by my side while I studied 10 hours a day,” Moreno Farmer said.

Janet and Richie met during their time at MC. Richie came from the United Kingdom to play golf at MC, and Janet is a West Texas girl: born and raised in Midland, but her family is from Mexico.

“Richie and I would run in the same circles on campus,” Moreno Farmer said. “I was really involved in student activities when I was at MC. I was an ambassador and cheerleader. He would be there with the golf team, and I would be there with my groups. We always say that out of all the schools we attended, MC was our favorite. We had a lot of fun together. I showed him the West Texas lifestyle. I taught him how to dance to country music. Now we have this multicultural marriage. I never would have thought I would meet my husband at MC. Life just happens when you are living your day-to-day.”

Moreno Farmer received the Legacy Scholarship, which covered her tuition and fees at MC.

“I really appreciated that scholarship,” she said. “Coming from a first-generation family, I took advantage of every opportunity I had. I have two older brothers who were also Legacy Scholarship recipients, and who both went on to achieve great things. I am especially grateful for the required 40 volunteer hours of the Legacy Scholarship because it got me out in the community and helped me see Midland in a different light.”

Moreno Farmer says she tells everyone to consider community college.

“MC helped me rediscover Midland and more importantly find myself,” Moreno Farmer said. “Now I look back on my time at MC, and I know that attending Midland College was honestly the best decision I ever made!”

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