Profiles in Excellence - 2020

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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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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