Alberto 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.