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Daryela A. Cepeda

Daryela A. Cepeda

Name: Daryela A. Cepeda             
Age: 20                                    
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Brownsville   

Back in 2013 when I graduated from Lopez High School in Brownsville, I was offered a scholarship and of course the opportunity to be part of the UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College Women’s Soccer team. For me it was a great accomplishment because I knew that being scouted for such a great team was going to be a turning point in my college career. This opportunity greatly influenced me staying in the Valley and of course continuing at UTRGV. 

What made you decide on your current major?
I have really never imagined doing something else. It’s not just a major to me, it’s more like a passion. I find the field of criminal justice so interesting and intriguing and I believe that is what has kept me going all this time. 

What are your plans after graduation?
Hopefully to get accepted at Sam Houston State University to pursue my master’s degree in forensic science. I’m very optimistic that after graduation I will be a good candidate for a job with a criminal justice agency due to all the training and my background in criminal justice. 

What are you involved in on and off campus?
During my years in college I’ve always been involved in all sorts of activities. My first two years I volunteered in youth soccer camps that the soccer team would host. I am also part of the University Scholars through which I participated in community service activities and coordinated events for Martin Luther King Day. I am also a resident at Casa Bella Apartments and I am very involved with campus life. We have events every so often and we help to serve the students’ needs. 

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Being awarded Top Dog in my Forensic Investigation course in fall 2015. I had always hoped to be one of the Top Dogs for this course and my hard work and dedication paid off. This award is given to an excelling student who shows leadership throughout the course.

What advice do you have for future students?
For those who will be incoming freshmen and future students at the university, I advise you to use your time wisely. Work hard and stay on top of things. It is also very important to stay involved in campus activities and student life. Meeting new people and exploring your horizons can be among the best things that college offers.