Profiles in Excellence - 2021

Diego Alonso Barcena

April 13, 2021
Diego Alonso Barcena

Why UTRGV?

I chose to pursue a higher education at UTRGV due to the high academic achievement it offered while providing its rich Hispanic culture which made me feel at home. It also provides an environment with diverse cultures and ways of thinking which has helped me expand my horizons. The community is very friendly and welcoming extending their help whenever you need it.

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Jose Palacio

April 6, 2021
Jose Palacio

Why UTRGV?

Unlike other universities, I felt that there was a cultural proximity that UTRGV was going to offer me that I was not going to find anywhere else. Also, fortunately, many of my relatives had the opportunity to attend this university, so I was already aware of the excellent quality of education that I could receive.

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Griselda Cuellar

March 30, 2021
Griselda Cuellar

Why UTRGV?

I decided to remain in the Rio Grande Valley because I firmly believe that the best way to give back to my hometown and community starts by promoting our own educational system. UTRGV is the best institution that would equip me so that I may be a productive member of the Rio Grande Valley. The RGV has given me so much and I wish to pay that back one day.

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Denisse Salcedo

March 23, 2021
Denisse Salcedo

Why UTRGV?

I had such a great learning experience as an undergrad when it was still UTPA, that it just felt right to come back to UTRGV when pursuing a higher degree. I was also very impressed with the level of faculty, the competitive program and the accreditations that the university offers.

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Catherine Muriuki

March 16, 2021
Catherine Muriuki

Why UTRGV?

My university of choice was one that provides quality and affordable education, this is exactly what you get at UTRGV. The environment is particularly very conducive for international students. UTRGV also provided me with great opportunities for my intellectual development and career advancement.

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Ana Sophia Mendoza

March 9, 2021
Ana Sophia Mendoza

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV based on three criteria: Cost-friendliness, proximity to home, and sense of community. This university offers quality education, all the while allowing me to experience college life amongst familiar faces and a culture unlike any other.

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Laura Segura

March 2, 2021
Laura Segura

Why UTRGV?

Choosing UTRGV was an ideal decision for me because I wanted to attend a college that is affordable and allows me to stay close to my family. Also, UTRGV has offered me great programs and opportunities for my future.

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Alfredo Robles

February 23, 2021
Alfredo Robles

Why UTRGV?

I’m extremely thankful for everything I was able to learn from the great staff at UTRGV, and I feel blessed for having the opportunity to grow as a person and professional here. I chose to attend UTRGV because the university was so close to home, and it would allow me to spend more time with my family. After researching universities that offered the program of studies I was interested in, I quickly learned that UTRGV was an excellent option. It allowed me to graduate with no debt and start a new path to something greater.

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Latifah Khuffash

February 16, 2021
Latifah Khuffash

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV since it is cost-efficient and close to home. During my first year of attendance, I already knew I made the right choice. The university is welcoming, offers many campus activities, and has such interesting classes for my degree plan.

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Alejandra Santos

February 9, 2021
Alejandra Santos

Why UTRGV?

There are so many reasons why I chose UTRGV. The thing that attracted me the most about UTRGV was its proximity to home. I have always appreciated the love and support from my family and friends. As a college student living in the Valley, I am fortunate enough to enjoy the best experiences this culture has to offer, and I am able to see the ways in which my community needs my help. UTRGV is also the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation. It offers some of the most valuable university experience in the entire country. It is extremely empowering seeing so many students from different backgrounds work hard in order to achieve their dreams.

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Laritssa Christina Cantu

February 2, 2021
Laritssa Christina Cantu

Why UTRGV?

Initially wanting to attend a university upstate, I decided to stay and be a part of the UTRGV community since it was closer to home and would be more financially appropriate. After four years at UTRGV, I can certainly say that I made the right choice in staying to be a part of such a culturally rich Vaquero family.

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Phillip Foley

January 26, 2021
Phillip Foley

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV for multiple reasons. My first reason for attending the university was due to location. I wanted to be close to home for my first few years of college and UTRGV offered the best set of courses for me as a freshman living in the Rio Grande Valley. The second reason was an affordable start. I was aware that UTRGV prided itself on being an affordable option for college students and after hearing of how student friendly the campus was, I decided it was the best option for me.

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Azael Garza

January 19, 2021
Azael Garza

Why UTRGV?

I did not plan to attend UTRGV but decided to because of its cost and distance from home. My plan was to spend a few semesters and transfer. As I spent time at the university with my professors, peers, and friends, I began to see the growth of UTRGV, the dedication of my professors, and the opportunities that UTRGV has to offer so I decided to stay.

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Carolina De Anda Treviño

January 12, 2021
Carolina De Anda Trevino

Why UTRGV?

As a first-generation college student, richness is the word I would use to describe my overall experience at UTRGV because it has empowered me to challenge my limits. I’m very grateful that our diligent faculty have equipped me with essential tools and a strong support system to follow my passion. As an immigrant, I was often told I was “less likely to achieve” and “less likely to belong.” UTRGV makes me feel at home. It makes me feel my story matters.

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Jacqueline Trevino

January 5, 2021
Jacqueline Trevino

Why UTRGV?

I chose to continue my education at UTRGV after graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Biology. I knew how extensive and well-rounded my education experience was at UTRGV and was hyped to come back and pursue a master’s degree. Not to mention it’s easily accessible from where I live and has very competitive pricing per course hour.

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