Profiles in Excellence - 2020

Jazmin Guardiola

September 22, 2020
Jazmin Guardiola

Why UTRGV?

Staying close to my family while attending college was very important to me. In addition to that, affordability was a major point I took into consideration. I decided to attend UTRGV because it met these requirements.

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Andrea Ayala

September 15, 2020
Andrea Ayala

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because being close to my family is very important to me. Also, this university made me feel at home. Despite being an international student, the school gives us the necessary support to continue our education.

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Dionicio Rios

September 8, 2020
Dionicio Rios

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV is part of such a historical community, richly filled with tradition and culture. Leaving this community was never an option for me. The Rio Grande Valley offers tremendous hospitality for all its members, and I knew that I would never find that anywhere else. UTRGV actively takes pride in the level of education it offers as well as promotes inclusivity and diversity.

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Gabriela Parra

September 1, 2020
Gabriela Parra

Why UTRGV?

I have collected an abundance of invaluable family memories at UTRGV from the time I was three years old. Evening walks around the Bronc Trail, standing in line with my brother to take a Christmas photo and celebrating my quinceanera at the UTPA Events Hall are just some of my many unforgettable moments. I have attended almost every March Madness, HESTEC and other campus events. My heart has always belonged to this campus and I am gratified that I followed it to UTRGV.

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Stephanie Desiree Ayala

August 25, 2020
Stephanie Desiree Ayala

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV is completely different than other UT campuses and is unique in the sense of how close the community is. I have toured other campuses within the same university school system and did not find one quite like UTRGV. The staff along with faculty members are so friendly, helpful, and readily available to answer all questions and/or concerns.

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Fernanda Figueroa

August 18, 2020
Fernanda Figueroa

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because I knew that it would allow me to grow my skills in an extremely welcoming environment and provide me the resources I needed all while still being close to home.

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Claudia Ruiz

August 11, 2020
Claudia Ruiz

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because of its affordability and the many great opportunities and resources that it offers.

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Frida Retana

August 4, 2020
Frida Retana

Why UTRGV?

Being able to study close to home and the added bonus of a community of people from the Rio Grande Valley was something that I believed would make the transition from high school to college a lot easier. Along with this, the culture found within UTRGV is something I really admired and wanted to be a part of.

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Jose Hernandez

July 28, 2020
Jose Hernandez

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it has an excellent art education program.

What made you decide on your current major?

A career in art education seems logical for me because it can help me combine my passion for art and my passion to empower others to grow in their ability and confidence.

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Jose Garza

July 21, 2020
Jose Garza

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV specifically because it was close to home and my family. Also, because it has the major I wanted to pursue and a great school environment.

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Dana Reagan

July 14, 2020
Dan Reagan

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because of the interactions I had experienced with many of the faculty prior to me considering entering into a program of study. I appreciated the interest they demonstrated when presenting professional presentations in the community and among others in their profession. Much of the growth I experienced in the field was a direct result of faculty at the university encouragement I received even before applying for the program.

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Louis J. Nolan

July 7, 2020
Louis J. Nolan

Why UTRGV?

I believe the Health Science program is excellent and what I was looking for when I applied. Proximity to home was definitely a big plus. Being so close to home has allowed me to keep my full-time job. It further provides me with stability and the support system that I would not have had I chosen to attend a university elsewhere.

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Alondra Garcia

June 30, 2020
Alondra Garcia

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV in Edinburg was the campus of my choice given that I grew fond of it at an early age, back when it was still UTPA. I explored it and the programs available and took advantage of all the resources and even participated in summer programs it held. Getting involved was the best decision by far. I currently live on campus through a migrant housing scholarship, Abriendo Caminos, which has been a true blessing. It’s allowed me to make friends, acquaintances and given me access to an alternative university experience.

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Emilia J. Monsivais

June 23, 2020
Emilia J. Monsivais

Why UTRGV?

By the time I started my senior year in high school, I had a goal of excelling in my career choice without needing to give up my many passions. I also hoped to have the ability of looking after my family as I continued my education in an affordable yet outstanding school – UTRGV was always the best choice. I continued my job as a musician and perform with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, I have the freedom to study near home with the resources provided to students, the teachers and faculty are very supportive and understanding – I can’t ask for more. I am happy to be in a university I can call a second home and I am proud to be a part of the Vaquero community.

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Alondra Saenz

June 16, 2020
Alondra Saenz

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV is a great university that gives you a great experience and a wonderful environment. This university is like no other.

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Aubrey Megan Villanueva

June 9, 2020
Aubrey Megan Villanueva

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because I wanted an affordable first-class education at a smaller university that gave me opportunities to conduct research.

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Laura Galvan

June 2, 2020
Laura Galvan

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV was the perfect option for me. Not only is it close to home, but it also offers tuition assistance such as the UTRGV Achieve Grant which I have been fortunate to receive. I also wanted to go to a university that offers filmmaking classes. This made my decision to attend UTRGV very easy. Along with advertising, I am minoring in film and marketing.

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Josie Del Castillo

May 26, 2020
Josie Del Castillo

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV is one of the most affordable universities in Texas. I am constantly thinking of ways to save money and being resourceful, so there was no doubt that I wanted to stay home to take advantage of this opportunity. I also believe the main goal of UTRGV is to give Hispanic students the best education, opportunities, and resources one can get by working together as a whole instead of divided.

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Bianca Boyd

May 19, 2020
Bianca Boyd

Why UTRGV?

Originally, I was going to study fashion at Texas Tech, but decided financially it would be best to do my basics here at UTRGV. Not to mention that it’s down the street from my home and lets me stay with my old friends while making new ones.

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Yaw Sam

May 12, 2020
Yaw Sam

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV is close to home for me and having the opportunity to stay with family and attend a good university checked the mark for me. After doing some research, I decided to choose UTRGV also because of the university’s values.

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Kayla Chavez

May 5, 2020
Kayla Chavez

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV gives the opportunity for students to study in their hometown with many advantages. It’s a dedicated university that actually cares for their students with aid such as financial aid and advancing their physical and mental health. Yes, it is more affordable than most universities but out of all of the universities I was able to feel welcome and at home even before I said yes to UTRGV.

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Cassandra Guajardo

April 28, 2020
Cassandra Guajardo

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because I had made such great connections at STC in their theatre program and they highly suggested that I attend school here. While at STC, I met Dr. Brian Warren who is now my favorite director to work with. I also met Miguel Salazar, who is now my incredible mentor. Because the theatre program at UTRGV is smaller than other universities, we can have that one on one connection that would not be possible at any other university in the theatrical field. This one on one with professors has opened amazing opportunities to me. I have led multiple teams and assisted my mentor during his classes.

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Maria Ramirez Montoya

April 21, 2020
Maria Ramirez Montoya

Why UTRGV?

I decided to attend UTRGV because I wanted to stay local and this university offers a great education program at an affordable price. I don’t think that students must leave the Valley to obtain a great education. UTRGV has quality professors that uphold their students education to the highest of standards.

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Jo-Ann Galindo

April 14, 2020
Jo-Ann Galindo

Why UTRGV?

Before graduating high school, my plan was to move away for college. However, as graduation got closer, I realized being close to home and my family was very important to me. It was then when I decided to stay in the Valley and attend UTRGV. Being close to the people I most love while still being able to attend college and obtain my desired degree was perfect.

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Andres Mendoza

April 7, 2020
Andres Mendoza

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV was an easy choice for me. It offered me the best opportunity to continue my education, while still being close to my family. The merge between UTPA and UTB offered a new experience I was eager to join. All the Rio Grande Valley would come together to create something that hadn’t been done in the UT System before.

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Diana Navarro

March 31, 2020
Diana Navarro

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because it is close to home, and I love that we get the opportunity to make a difference locally.

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Lilly Elliot

March 24, 2020
Lilly Elliot

Why UTRGV?

When I graduated high school, I didn’t want to leave home yet. The UTRGV campus is close to home and the financial incentives with the prospective of graduating with no debts helped me make this choice. Also, my mom, who was starting her master’s degree, joked that maybe we would graduate together. Luckily enough, this semester we’ll be able to do just that!

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Jesenia Riojas

March 17, 2020
Jesenia Riojas

Why UTRGV?

I’m a first-generation college student, so for me it was really important to find an affordable college close to home. UTRGV provided me with that security as well as gave me an opportunity to get to know the community that makes up the Rio Grande Valley.

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Ricardo Duarte

March 10, 2020
Ricardo Duarte

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV offered one thing to me that no other university could offer, which was closeness. The fact that I can attend a university right in my neighborhood without ever leaving my home or my family didn’t make me think twice about my choice to attend UTRGV. I had the same idea when I was graduating from high school and was able to attend UTPA and earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology back in the spring of 2015. The fact that I can attend UTRGV and go back home after my classes makes it perfect for me.

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angela zavala

March 3, 2020
Angela Zavala

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because it is close to home and I get to earn a higher education without having to leave my family and culture behind, like many of my friends had to.

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Jacob Castro

February 25, 2020
Jacob Castro

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV for several reasons, but most importantly, because it has provided me the advantages to excel all while commuting from home. Because my long-term goal is to have a career as a nurse practitioner, I wanted to take advantage of being close to family while obtaining my undergraduate degree at UTRGV.

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Victoria Barrios

February 18, 2020
Victoria Barrios

Why UTRGV?

I chose the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley because it is prospering more than ever with so much impact on students, including myself, and the community. I wanted to be part of this university because it offers a wide range of studies, programs and opportunities all in my hometown.

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Dana Day

February 11, 2020
Dana Day

Why UTRGV?

I was looking for a college that was supportive, affordable and knowledgeable about contemporary career choices. While a biology pre-physical therapy route is common, I noticed that UTRGV was preparing pre-health professionals through their exercise science degree plan which is helping to bridge the path for these majors into the allied health field of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

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kamil dragun

February 4, 2020
Kamil Dragun

Why UTRGV?

The coach of our chess team is also from Poland, like me, which was a very important factor in me choosing to attend UTRGV because I knew that I would have someone to count on, especially at the beginning when my English was much worse. I also needed some time to adapt to a new environment.

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Layda Belia Spor-Leal

January 28, 2020
Layda Belia Spor-Leal

Why UTRGV?

I choose UTRGV due to how open and accessible the university is for students of different backgrounds. As an International Student, it was imperative for me to find a place that would not only accept but celebrate different cultures the way UTRGV does.

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Nahari Yared Leija

January 21, 2020
Nahari Yared Leija

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV has provided me with the opportunity to stay close to my family, as well as helping me give back to my community while enriching myself with my Mexican American heritage. UTRGV offers a unique experience in which one is able to learn from the diverse and vibrant student population. As a student, I appreciate that UTRGV is not only incredibly affordable but has a staff that truly cares about me as a student.

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Marlissa Saldana

January 14, 2020
Marlissa Saldana

Why UTRGV?

As a concurrent enrollment student of UTRGV throughout high school, I saw the opportunities that UTRGV had to offer. UTRGV not only allowed me to stay close to my family, but to my culture as well. I like that UTRGV has a nursing program that will allow me to study and give back to my community.

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Mayra Hernandez-Arredondo

January 7, 2020
Mayra Hernandez-Arredondo

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it has always been the school I wanted to attend. I first started off at STC, but knew my goal was to be accepted into UTRGV. Coming to UTRGV also meant I could stay close to home, which is very important to me. UTRGV has a great community and a great environment. The faculty and staff are always helpful and considerate.

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