Lupita Neyra, 20, plans to graduate with a degree in communication studies and minors in English and Spanish and a teacher certification in Fall 2017. She has been involved with the University Program Board for the past two years, serving as the N2-Tunes Committee chair this past academic year. As a member of Sonar Despierto, Neyra has volunteered at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance every other weekend providing activities for the children. She’s also participated in that organization’s events for children in low-income families – Dia de Nino and Macroposada. As an employee of the Student Union’s Information Desk for the past year, she has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many students, parents and faculty members.
What are your plans after graduation? I would like to work in Student Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since I enjoy helping students make the best of their college experience. I am also considering moving to San Antonio or Florida to work as a bilingual elementary school teacher or in public relations. I also plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in marketing.
Do you plan to stay in the Valley? Leaving the Valley to continue my education would give me the opportunity to experience other regions and cultures and acquire knowledge that will help me throughout my career. Once I have gained experience in my field, I would like to return to the Valley and give back to my community.
What has your education done for you? Education is the key to success; it has provided me with the tools to succeed in life. Every day we have the opportunity to learn something new and make a difference in the world. I have learned to see things in different perspectives and understand other people’s point of views. I feel that we never stop learning and there is always room for more knowledge in our lives.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience? UTPA has been my second home. I have to admit I was afraid to leave home and come to a new place but I easily adapted. The staff is very welcoming to incoming students and make you feel like you belong. Getting involved allowed me to serve UTPA as a student leader and help students have an excellent university experience. UTPA provides many opportunities for students as well as great professors and staff who give students the tools to be successful in the real world and make a difference.
What is your best tip for success? Where there is a will there is a way. You will face some hard times along the way, but don’t give up, it will all pay off and be worth it in the end. Set your goals and set your mind to accomplish them.
What advice do you have for college-bound students? Becoming a college student is certainly a big transition. Being a third-year student I can honestly say the best advice I can give is to get involved. Our campus has many organizations that students can join where you can meet different people and build connections allowing you to learn from one another. Campus involvement opens many doors that allows students to gain new skills that can be used throughout their time in college and in their future careers.