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Alberto Adame

Alberto AdameAlberto Adame, 20, is a junior at The University of Texas-Pan American and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Adame was born in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and his family immigrated into the United States when he was 13 years of age. He currently serves as the president of the Student Government Association (SGA), and is involved in the Financial Managerial Association and the Economics Society. He is a member of the UTRGV Tuition & Fees Task Force, and co-chairs the UTRGV Steering Committee for selection of colors and mascot. Adame is one of two UTPA members of the University of Texas System Student Advisory Council for the 2014-2015 academic year. He was a panelist for the Speak Your Mind Texas – Community Conversations on Mental Health event, which aimed to spread awareness about mental illnesses in the Rio Grande Valley. Prior to being elected SGA president, he served as a senator for the College of Business Administration for one year.

Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2012, Spring 2013; Dean’s Scholar, Fall 2012; and LeaderShape Institute graduate, May 2014.

What are your plans after graduation? I currently have two alternatives, without a preference for one or the other. One is to get into a master’s program in economics right after I finish my undergraduate studies, and the other one is to go straight into the labor force and then get an MBA later on during my professional career.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? Right after graduation, I would like to experience life outside of the Rio Grande Valley to get a broader sense of the American and world culture. Nonetheless, I feel the responsibility to come back to the Rio Grande Valley during my career to be able to give back to the region that has given me and my family a lot of great opportunities.

What has your education done for you? My education has given me a chance to develop myself not only as a future professional, but as a person. I can say that I know myself better now than when I started college.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? It would be unfair to use words to describe my time here at UTPA. For me it has meant more than words could describe. The one thing I can say is that I am grateful for the opportunities I have encountered here that have made me realize how much I do not know. Life is about learning. When we think we know everything, and stop pursuing the acquisition of knowledge, we stop living.

What is your best tip for success? The best advice I could give someone would be to never be satisfied, always strive for more, and to always be thankful. This advice could apply to our personal life, academics, and/or careers. Never take your success and/or the people who love and support you for granted.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? The first and most important advice I give to college-bound students is to get involved on campus. Involvement provides students with opportunities that are impossible to find by staying away from extracurricular activities. Many organizations have exceptional, experienced student leaders who understand the struggles and obstacles new students face. When you get involved, you get to be around people with big career and life aspirations, which inspire you to reach for greatness as well. It has also been proven that involved students do better in the classroom.

Carla Fernanda PeñaCarla Fernanda Peña, 20, plans to graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitative services with a deaf concentration. Peña plans to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy. She graduated from Sharyland High School in 2012. Peña is involved on campus with the Student Government Association where she serves as the vice president, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Student Accessibility Council, and the Food Advisory Committee. She works at the Office of the Dean of Students, and worked closely with the Parent and Family Association this summer. Peña has volunteered with Carnival of the Great Pumpkin, Relay for Life, and with her church youth group for the Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, 2012-2014; Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, 2013; UTPA Achieve Grant, 2012-2014; Selden Leavell Scholarship, 2014-2015; and Dorothy Clark Sproul Scholarship, 2014-2015.

What are your plans after graduation? I plan to obtain acceptance into Columbia University to continue my education. I hope to become an occupational therapist and help children with all types of disabilities. I want to advocate for equal opportunities for all children.

Do you plan to return to the Valley? To be honest I’m not completely sure. I do know I will be leaving for graduate school, but I do not have a set plan as to where I will be pursuing my career as an occupational therapist. The one thing I am sure about is that I will go to wherever my help is needed most.

What has your education done for you? My education has provided me with the skills needed for my career, it has prepared me to be able to work with people in the allied health field. It has given me so much knowledge, and the correct tools to be able to go out into the community to make a difference. Furthermore, it has pushed me to reach the goals I set for myself.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? My experience at UTPA has helped me grow as a person, and as a student leader, with the unconditional support from my family, friends, and my amazing Student Government advisers. It has pushed me to get involved with the University and the community. I can honestly say that I have had a wonderful experience here at UTPA.

What is your best tip for success? Always set goals and challenge yourself. Dedication and perseverance are key for success, so don’t give up.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? College will be one of the best experiences you will have, so don’t take it for granted. Get involved; I can honestly say that getting involved in college has been extremely rewarding. Have an open mind and try different things. Work hard to achieve your goals. And most importantly, enjoy your college experience!

Andrea-Flores VelascoAndrea Flores-Velasco, 22, is a senior at The University of Texas Pan-American and plans to graduate with honors in the fall of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and two minors in marketing and psychology. She graduated with honors in 2012 with an associate degree in psychology from South Texas College. Flores-Velasco is also an active member of the Guerra Honors Program (Eta Omicron Nu), and has had two positions – Town Hall Committee chair and public relations officer. Her involvement with the Guerra Honors Program gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Vienna, Prague and Budapest during the minimester of 2014. Flores-Velasco is also member of the UTPA Chapter of the American Advertising Federation and the art director of the Lotus 177 UTPA Advertising Club. Since Spring 2014, she has assisted Communication Department faculty Dr. Cory Cunningham and Katrina Newell, and graduate teaching assistant Iliana Cantú in communication-related research. She has also been involved with humanitarian organizations such as the Lions International Club and Compassion International. Flores-Velasco is currently working half time as lead creator at Creative Social Studios in McAllen and volunteers as graphic design intern with the UTPA Marketing and Communications Department, Studio Twelve 01.

Awards/Honors: Jones Academic Scholarship, 2014; International Education Fee Scholarship, 2014; International Woman’s Board Scholarship, 2014; UTPA Achieve Grant, 2013-2014; Phi Kappa Phi honoree, 2014; Guerra Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship, 2014; Gateway Scholarship, Spring 2013; Dean’s List, Spring 2013-2014; and Phi Theta Kappa Honoree, 2011.

What are your plans after graduation? God willing, I plan to take a year off to work and also to travel. I am currently working at Creative Social Studios, an advertising agency. In the future, I’d love to attend grad school at UT Austin to pursue a master’s degree in advertising.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? Absolutely. All my family is here, in Reynosa and Monterrey. I’d love to be close and also to better serve the RGV community.

What has your education done for you? It has transformed me in every single possible way. It makes me see everything with a different perspective – it enables me to feel the courage to serve as a catalyst of change and not just be a bystander.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? It never stops surprising me. UTPA has given me opportunities I’ve never dreamed of having. It has made me understand that my career is only the medium but not the end of my education. It allowed me to grow to the extent of my potential and for that I’ll be forever thankful.

What is your best tip for success? Faith in God. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

What advice do you have for college-bound students? My parents used to tell me this quote by Henry Ford when I felt discouraged: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” It’s all about attitude.

Megan De La Paz

Megan De La PazMegan De La Paz, 21, plans to graduate from The University of Texas-Pan American with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry in Spring 2015. De La Paz graduated third in her class from H. M. King High School, Kingsville, in 2011. Since then she has become an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Bible study leader, housing resident assistant, employed with ENCORE/MEDITEC as a mentor, and is Pre-Medical Biomedical Society member. Some of her community service includes participating in Bronc Move-In, Sacred Heart immigrant assistance, United to Serve, Tex Prep Science mentor, and serving on a mission trip to Mexico. She is also a member of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), which is a premedical acceptance program to one of nine Texas medical schools. As a JAMP participant, De La Paz has participated in summer enrichment programs at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth (2013) and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (2014) where she has taken medical school level courses, shadowed physicians, and gained insight to the medical profession.

Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2011-Fall 2013; Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, 2013-2014; Residence Life Community Builder of the Year, 2012-2013; Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, 2012; Jones Academic Scholarship, 2011-2012; Townsend-Rogers Scholarship, 2011-2012; South Texas Academic Rising Stars Scholarship, 2012-2013; L. & G. Gonzalez Scholarship, 2012-2013; and Corpus Christi Caller Times Distinguished Scholar, 2011.

What are your plans after graduation? I will be enrolled in one of nine Texas medical schools working toward becoming a physician.

Do you plan to return to/stay in the Valley? Though I am not a Valley native, I have grown to love the culture and community of this region. I am open to return to the Valley, but ultimately, I will follow where opportunities arise in my career.

What has your education done for you? College is not only about learning course material, but also about learning who you are so that as a professional you can contribute to society in a strategic way. My education has provided me with enriching opportunities and experiences that have cultivated me as an individual. Furthermore, I have been able to promote a college culture within my family and community.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? This university, like many opportunities, is truly what you make it, and I am grateful that with the guidance of professors, faculty, and peers, being a Bronc has been an unforgettable and fruitful experience.

What is your best tip for success? You need to acknowledge that there are different contributors to success – academic, social, health, happiness, spiritual, etc. Everyone has their own definition of success, but realizing what is fulfilling to you will allow you to compile your own definition of success that will become the philosophy of your desire to succeed holistically as an individual.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? “Comparison is the thief of joy”- Theodore Roosevelt. Don’t compare yourself to others because at the end of the day you are you and there is beauty in discovering yourself. College is not like high school, and finding peace in this allows you the freedom to venture out into a new field of learning. Embrace your independence. Embark on the quest of finding out your purpose in life.  Don’t be so hard on yourself. Avoid being your own worst enemy.

Cassandra GonzalezCassandra A. Gonzalez, 21, plans to graduate from The University of Texas-Pan American in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a minor in mass communications. She graduated from South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy in Edinburg in 2011. At UTPA she is a member of the UTPA Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Golden Key Honour Society. In the community, Gonzalez has volunteered with the American Cancer Association and at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church & School. In 2011-2012, she was a member of the UTPA Women’s Chorus. Currently Gonzalez works on campus as an account executive intern with the UTPA Marketing and Communications Department.

Awards/Honors: University Scholars Scholarship, 2011-2014; A.J. Ginsberg Marketing Scholarship, 2013-2014; College of Business Administration Dean’s Scholar, 2012-2014; and Dean’s List, 2011-2014.

What are your plans after graduation? After graduation I would like to test out the marketing field and see where that takes me. I do know that I’d like to stay in the non-profit sector if at all possible.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? I plan to explore the opportunities that are here in the Valley. I would like to at least begin my career here and see where I can go from there. There is a lot of growth in this area, particularly in the business world. I would like to do my part to give back to the RGV however I can and be a part of that growth.

What has your education done for you? Getting an education has expanded my mind in too many ways to describe. It has given me the tools I need for my future career and has made me a better person. I’ve learned how to think for myself and make my own judgments. The skills I’ve gained throughout my education go beyond the classroom; they can be applied to life in general.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? As I begin my fourth year at UTPA, I am realizing how much I have grown as a person and a student in the last few semesters. I am taking classes about topics that I am passionate about and figuring out how I want to apply the knowledge I’ve acquired to the rest of my life. I believe these courses have affected me so deeply because of who teaches them. The UTPA Marketing Department consists of many professors and graduate students with real-world experience who really care about their students. Thanks to them, the experiences I have had in and out of class have challenged me in very rewarding ways.

What is your best tip for success? My best tip for success is to do something you really care about. This might sound idealistic, but choosing a major or a career for the wrong reasons won’t benefit you in the long run. Look for a profession that appeals to every aspect of who you are. It may seem impossible, but there’s something out there for everyone.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? My advice is to enter college with an open mind. If you’re ready to learn, the possibilities are endless.

Simona Ilizarov

Simona IlizarovSimona Ilizarov, 20, a junior at The University of Texas-Pan American, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communications – public relations/advertising track and a minor in English with a goal to graduate in May 2016. Ilizarov began working for the University in Fall 2013 as a Collegiate G-Force mentor at McAllen High School. She has offered personal insight by mentoring students on ways to be successful and smoothly transition into college. One of her most rewarding memories during her time at McAllen High School was speaking to a group of young mothers about female empowerment and the invaluable opportunities college has to offer. Throughout college, she has volunteered at various community events, most recently with the Student Alumni Association. Aside from being a student, she has enjoyed dancing at Sonia Chapa Dance Studio and teaching children the fundamentals of tumbling. Ilizarov recently began working at UTPA’s Office of Public Affairs. This job will allow her to expand her knowledge in the field she wants to pursue and gain professional development through hands-on experience. She hopes to engage in more student organizations as her college career continues. Before the end of this coming school year, Ilizarov has set a goal to study abroad.

Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2012-Fall 2013.

What are your plans after graduation? I plan to attend graduate school. As I learn more about my field of study, I want to discover what I’d like to specialize in. I want to venture out and study in a bigger city. It’s not just about my academics; it’s life’s journey as a whole that I want to immerse myself in. I have a lot to learn and graduating with my undergrad degree will only be the beginning.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? I moved from Long Island, New York at the age of 10 and have lived in the Valley ever since. I do envision myself beginning a career outside the Valley; however, ultimately it’s wherever my future decides to take me.

What has your education done for you? Education has provided me with wisdom and knowledge that I will continue expanding on. It hasn’t just taught me what’s written in books, it’s offered me experiences. Taking on new opportunities has allowed me to grow into an ambitious young woman. I feel more aware of myself, and what I strive to endeavor in life.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? My experience at UTPA has been impactful. I have met some of the most amazing professors and professionals who have given me the type of guidance I don’t think I could have received anywhere else. UTPA helped me find what I am passionate about. The knowledge, skill, and self-discovery that I have gained at UTPA are things I would not trade for the world.

What is your best tip for success? It is important to take full advantage of what college has to offer. Work experience, Involvement with organizations, leadership roles, perseverance, and a driven attitude are keys to success in my book.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? Be pro-active! Don’t sit around and wait for things to happen; make them happen. Work hard and understand that failure happens and that does not mean you won’t be successful. In fact, that’s only a stepping stone. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and set a goal. When you have a goal, you have preconceived a point of direction for yourself.

Laura Lisa Salinas

PIELauraSalinasAug3RussellLaura Lisa Salinas, 19, is a junior at The University of Texas-Pan American and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and minors in chemistry and medical Spanish in 2016. She graduated from IDEA Quest Academy and College Preparatory in 2012. At UTPA, Salinas is a member of the 2016 cohort of the Pre-Medical Honors College, which has gained her an early acceptance into Baylor College of Medicine. She is involved on campus with Alpha Lambda Delta where she serves as senior adviser, Golden Key International Honour Society, Premedical Biomedical Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and serves as a member on both the Faculty Research Council and the Student Union Advisory Board. Salinas regularly volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House at Edinburg Children’s Hospital and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2012-Spring 2014; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Spring 2014; and The Rafael “Felo” A. & Carmen Guerra Honors Program student, 2013-present;

What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I will move to Houston, where I will enroll in Baylor College of Medicine as part of the Pre-Medical Honors College. Ultimately my goal is to become a doctor and return to give back to my community.

Do you plan to return to the Valley? I’ve always felt that it is extremely important to give back to the community that helped raise you. With all the opportunities I have been blessed with, I know it will be imperative that I return to pay my thanks to this community as well as become a part of the Valley’s health care system.

What has your education done for you? My education has helped open many doors for new opportunities. From scholarships to seminars, my education has allowed me to thrive and continue to achieve success.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? UTPA has completely surpassed my expectations. The professors are always willing to help and students are determined to succeed. I know that when I look back at my undergraduate experience, I’ll know that I made the best decision in attending UTPA.

What is your best tip for success? My best tip for success is to never stop improving and never settle for mediocrity. Since I started at UTPA, I know I have grown as a person and a student and this is because I know that in order to achieve your goals you must continue to push boundaries.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? The advice I always give to college-bound students is to begin college with a strong desire to succeed. While most students come in with this, they become overwhelmed with the stark difference between high school and college and that makes their first semester difficult. Additionally, I encourage college-bound students to get as involved as their schedule allows. The opportunities at UTPA are endless and it is important that students take advantage of what UTPA has to offer us.

Kristela Garza

Kristela GarzaKristela Garza , 22, is a senior at The University of Texas-Pan American who will graduate in August 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a minor in global security studies. Throughout her time at UTPA she has attended the Washington Leadership Institute, the Summer Seminar: Foundations hosted by the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and has traveled abroad to Morocco and Spain. She has also reported for the University newspaper, The Pan American. In addition, Garza has completed an internship with the U.S. Census Bureau in Maryland.

Honors/Awards: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 2014; Texas Grant, 2009-present; and Lacks Valley Scholarship recipient, 2014.

What are your plans after graduation? Because of the opportunities afforded to me by the UT Pan American as well as the Global Security Studies program, I have decided that I would be happiest with a career in civil service, for either the nation or the state. In a communications position I know I could use my experience in journalism to serve the public to the best of my ability. However, a full time job in journalism would be a dream come true as well.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? Although I consider the Valley my home I would really love to move somewhere out of state to explore. However, if I were offered a good job close to home I would gladly take it.

What has your education done for you? My education at the University has given me direction. I was guided to my current major after fumbling around for a semester or two, eventually finding my way to the student newspaper. Through that experience I learned the true meaning of late nights and own several thermoses. But I have also grown as a person and a lifelong learner. My education here has given me the courage to move toward my goals in a way I never could before.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? To be honest UTPA was originally my third choice school; it was close to home and affordable, so I stayed. However, throughout my years here I have seen the world, interned in Washington, D.C. and have grown into a person who knows what they want in life and how to get it. But what is most important to me are the connections and experiences I enjoyed at this University. I found my place at UTPA, and, with the help of my minor, I found my passion for journalism and get to work with some of the best and brightest at the University on a day-to-day basis. What more can one ask for out of your college experience? For all this I will forever be thankful.

What is your best tip for success? Success is a relative term for me because I have experienced many disappointments in my college career. But everything led me down the path that I am on now and I am pretty happy. So when it comes right down to it my best tip would be to not be afraid to go after what you want, but if you do make sure that you give it your all.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? You know what you want to do, so do it. And if you don’t know keep moving forward and try different things, clubs and organizations. Find your passion and strive to do something you love for the rest of your life.

Amanda Gutierrez

Amanda GutierrezAmanda Marie Gutierrez, 20, is a senior at The University of Texas-Pan American and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in sociology in December 2014. Gutierrez graduated from Business Education & Technology Academy in May 2012 with a Distinguished Achievement honor. At UTPA, she became a Certified Level I and Level 2 Tutor and was employed as a tutor by UTPA’s Writing Center, where she has worked for two years. She worked for the UTPA Physics and Geology Department as a teacher’s assistant for Astronomy 1301 labs. In the Fall 2013, Gutierrez completed an internship with Bobby Flores Jr. for the 139th District Court at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg and found that to be a rewarding experience. She served on the Parking and Trafficking Committee for Summer 2013 as the undergraduate representative for UTPA and has volunteered for South Texas Literacy Programs founded to encourage literacy amongst adults and children. Gutierrez also interned for The Pan American newspaper, working as a sports writer in Fall 2013. She feels she owes her academic success to the undying encouragement and support of her parents, Robert Gutierrez and Aurora Rodriguez.

Awards/Honors: Kenedy Memorial Scholarship, 2013-2014; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2014; Outstanding Student Award, 2014; Executive Aide: Athletic Consultant for the Student Government Association, 2014; Senator Representative for the Student Government Association, 2013; and Dean’s List, Fall 2012, Spring and Fall, 2013, and Spring 2014.

What are your plans after graduation? I plan to continue into graduate school at UTPA and pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice. I want to eventually pursue a career with the Drug Enforcement Administration or with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? While I intend on traveling throughout my life, my intentions are to stay in the Valley to help promote literacy and crime prevention amongst youths, adults and Hispanic immigrants.

What has your education done for you? My education has broadened my knowledge and philosophy in a crime-preventive perspective, as it has allowed me to consider different alternatives that I will eventually apply as an officer in the field. Moreover, it has allowed me to reconsider my own personal beliefs and question them, and therefore has allowed me to attain a greater understanding of myself.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? Being a student at UTPA has allowed me to surround myself with a talented and diverse set of individuals, each with their own ideas and beliefs. I feel as though I have received a greater understanding of the Hispanic and Mexican-American minority while simultaneously challenging my own leadership skills.

What is your best tip for success? Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and never fail to challenge yourself and place yourself outside of your comfort zone. Listen to others’ opinions, and never reject any on the premise that they’re different from your own. Find a meaning in education that is more significant that a higher-paying job opportunity and change your community for the better.

What advice do you have for college-bound students? If you plan on working during your college experience, find a job on campus; it’s more convenient and your supervisors understand that your priority is your education. Also, your co-workers are also your colleagues and probably have similar goals. Try to become involved at UTPA by joining one of the many organizations the university provides for students.

Fabiola Urgel

FFabiola Urgelabiola Urgel, 21, is a junior at The University of Texas-Pan American with a major in economics and a minor in sociology. She plans to graduate in Summer 2015. She is the president of the UTPA Economics Society. Urgel was also the team leader of the UTPA Up to Us team, which won first place overall in the Up to Us competition, a national contest in which teams of students organize campaigns to raise awareness about the national debt. She works for the department of Economics and Finance and serves as coordinator for the Border Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium and the Financial Literacy Program.

Awards/Honors: Academic Dean’s Outstanding Student Award, Spring 2014; Dean’s List, Spring 2012-present; Dean’s Scholar Award, Spring 2012-present; The International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma , Spring 2014; Golden Key International Honour Society, Fall 2013; and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Fall 2012.

What are your plans after graduation? I want to pursue a joint Ph.D. in economics and public policy. I want to work for the government in an area that would allow me to advocate for minority groups of both the U.S. and Mexico. I want to influence public policy to improve the education, health of our population and the wealth distribution of society. I have two professional goals: the first one is to work for the public sector in projects aimed to support and improve women’s rights, immigration, and the national budget issues. The second one is to work for an international nonprofit organization that focuses on achieving better living standards in developing countries.

Do you plan to stay in the Valley? I want to work in a place that allows me to fulfill my career goals. Helping others has always been the force behind every decision I make, so if by staying in the Valley I can contribute to make a positive and significant impact in the community, I would stay.

What has your education done for you? UTPA has been much more than just a university. At UTPA we are a family, a united family, and as a family we all care for each other. Thanks to my professors I’ve been able to discover what I want to do in the future and that is more important than any other subject you can learn in a classroom. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of having two mentors who have always supported me. I’d like to thank economics professors Dr. Marie Mora and Dr. Alberto Davila for their unconditional encouragement; they have been an essential part of all the great opportunities I’ve had. Studying economics has allowed to open up my eyes to important topics such as inequality, unemployment and poverty in order for me to try to find a way to contribute in the solution of these problems.

How do you feel about your UTPA experience? I simply feel that choosing UTPA as my college has been the best decision I’ve made in my life.

What is your best tip for success? Never accept a “no” when your heart tells you “yes”. Dedication, perseverance and listening to the right people are essential for success. Always find a mentor!

What advice do you have for college-bound students? Invest in education, never underestimate the value of a degree. College is definitely one of the best experiences in life. Attend college, be involved, look for opportunities and strive for greatness.

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