Kathryn Brough, 19, is a junior at The University of Texas-Pan American who plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication – Public Relations and a minor in marketing in May 2017. She graduated in the top 10 percent from BETA High School in Edinburg in June 2013. Brough is a senator and Personnel Committee chair in the Student Government Association, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and serves on The University of Texas System Student Advisory Council as one of two representatives from UTPA. She leads worship with the praise band every week at the First United Methodist Church of Edinburg and is part of the Methodist Campus Ministry. She hopes to study abroad in her time here and currently works at the UTPA Office of the Dean of Students.
Awards/Honors: University Scholar Presidential Level Scholarship, Fall 2013, Spring and Fall 2014, and Spring 2015; Gateway Scholarship, Fall 2013, Spring 2014; State Top 10% Scholarship, Fall 2013; Dean’s List, Fall 2013, Spring and Fall 2014; and Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities Award Recipient, Spring 2015.
What are your plans after graduation? Although graduation is still far away and I’m not sure where life will take me just yet, I plan on entering the work field immediately to gain experience in marketing/PR and learn more about my career path. I am also considering entering graduate school.
Do you plan to stay in the Valley? The Valley is the place I was born and raised in. I want to travel, see the world, and work in other places, but the Valley will always be the home I return to.
What has your education done for you? My education has made me who I am. It has helped me grow academically and as a leader. I’ve learned so much in my short time here at UTPA and many doors have been opened for me. I will be forever grateful for what I have received.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience? UTPA is honestly an amazing school. I came into college very hesitant but I fell in love almost immediately with the campus and the opportunities available. There is always something to do or see here at UTPA and every day is a new adventure waiting to happen.
What is your best tip for success? Always give it your all and follow your dreams. Although it might be extremely challenging at times, it’s important to do what makes you happy. You’ll enjoy life a lot more that way and you’ll be passionate about your work. With that passion you’ll be able to go the farthest you can and you will feel successful the entire time because you love what you’re doing.
What advice do you have for college-bound students? J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Get involved as soon as you can on your campus. There are countless organizations that can be joined and limitless opportunities at every door and mouse click. Take advantage of what the university has to offer and get involved in things you love with people you enjoy spending time with. Also, be confident in every task you take on and don’t be afraid to make friends along the way. Meeting new people is extremely easy with thousands around you, so smile and say “hello” as much as you can. College isn’t forever, so enjoy your time in it and you will have memories to cherish for the rest of your life.