Profiles in Excellence - 2021

Luis Rubio

October 19, 2021
Luis Rubio

Why UTRGV?

It was an easy choice for me. I had already taken dual-enrollment courses with UTRGV as a sophomore in high school and continued to do so until my graduation. I did have options to leave, but why would I? I had already built a foundation and friendships with professors and students on campus. It was an obvious choice. The high level of academics, a Division I athletics program on the rise, and the growth of the institution. I invested in UTRGV, and the profit has been tenfold.

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Aileen Perez

October 12, 2021
Aileen Perez

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV has always played a big role in my education when I was little. Going to events like HESTEC made me feel as if I belonged here. Being only a small drive away from my family and being at an affordable university reassured me that getting my degree is possible with endless amounts of support. I knew that my education would grow into amazing opportunities in the field of Computer Science, and I knew UTRGV was the place to be.

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Irakli Beradze

October 5, 2021
Irakli Beradze

Why UTRGV?

Simply, I saw the opportunity to be able to study the science field in which I was interested in and follow my sport (chess) career. By that time, UTRGV was already a two time National Chess Champion, so I thought why not?

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arod

September 28, 2021
Alejandro “Arod” Adrian Rodriguez

What made you decide on your current major?

I decided to major in education since both of my parents are educators and have instilled in me to be a service-oriented leader. I enjoy helping others along their journey and love teaching those around me some of what I have learned.

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Roberto Ramon

September 21, 2021
Roberto Ramon

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because of the great double bass studio started by my Applied Bass professor, Dr. George Amorim. I also love my hometown and the culture of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Haimanti Majumder

September 14, 2021
Haimanti Majumder

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV is a university full of opportunities. Being a chemical engineer, I was looking for a research opportunity based on sustainable renewable energy. I saw UTRGV is doing great research on green energy, so I applied here. Moreover, UTRGV has great financial aid for international students which attracted me more.

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Sergio Solis

September 7, 2021
Sergio Solis

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV for its proximity to home and for its affordable tuition. Being a first-generation college student meant that I was not very well educated on school loans but UTRGV facilitated this for me by providing several grants.

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Ruby Tijerina

August 31, 2021
Ruby Tijerina

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV to follow in my mother’s footsteps and attend the same university she did while I was growing up. UTRGV allows me to continue my education while staying close to home and has a wonderful group of professors that has helped me grow my research and professional career.

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Daniela Martinez

August 24, 2021
Daniela Martinez

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it is close to home. I know the goal is to pursue our career and become independent, but UTRGV still provides many opportunities to pursue a great career and gain independence, while still being able to go home to my family. I get to see my little brother grow up and serve as inspiration for him to attend college.

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Kortney Mettlach

August 17, 2021
Kortney Mettlach

Why UTRGV?

During my last two years of high school, I had the opportunity to take several concurrent classes at UTRGV. As a homeschooler, it was a new, exciting experience for me. Because of the friendly community, I quickly felt that UTRGV was where I needed to stay for my bachelor’s degree. I wanted to live at home and stay close to my family, and UTRGV provided just that. I have met wonderful staff, faculty, and students that have challenged me both academically and professionally. UTRGV also has an impressive occupational therapy program that I hope to attend. In every decision I have made for college, I have trusted in God’s guidance and provision. I planned my course, but the Lord directed my steps – from choosing to attend UTRGV until now.

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Arnelle Canales

August 10, 2021
Arnelle Canales

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV to get a taste of what college feels like and if college was for me. UTRGV is a part of my home.

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Isaiah Jaramillo

August 3, 2021
Isaiah Jaramillo

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV due to the impressive growth (i.e. programs, buildings, student body) the school experienced after merging the Valley’s two universities. Also, like many RGV students, I attend this university to stay close to home as home is where the heart is. To me, one of the most unique things about UTRGV is that it strives to integrate with the local community’s culture and works to alleviate some of its most prevalent problems. I highly doubt you will find something similar with universities in large metropolitan areas.

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Priscylla Guzman

July 27, 2021
Priscylla Guzman

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it offered great programs in the areas I was interested in as well as knowing that I could be studying what I wanted while being in the comfort of my own home and community. At the time, I felt a huge movement to another university outside my hometown was not the right move for me yet.

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Lindaesmeralda M. Lozada

July 20, 2021
Lindaesmeralda M. Lozada

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV was the ideal choice for me because it was clear that I would receive a good quality education while being close to my family. Family is very important to me since they have given me so much of their love and support to continue with my higher education.

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Karla Salazar

July 13, 2021
Karla Salazar

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because it offered me an incredible academic opportunity and financial support while still being close to home and my family. The UTRGV campus is designed so beautifully with strong Hispanic culture and supporting, motivating, and caring staff.

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Giselle Montemayor

July 6, 2021
Giselle Montemayor

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because I was offered a full ride for all four years of college and I would still be able to pursue a degree in what I was interested in. I am a very family-oriented person so staying here I felt would be the best decision for me. Many people don’t realize that the RGV is growing and changing, providing many opportunities that the generations before us didn’t have. Here I am four years later, debt free and pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences.

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Sebastian Wilson

June 29, 2021
Sebastian Wilson

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because I have a family member who is a retired faculty and the affordability of this university was also a factor.

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Michelle Rodriguez-Zamarron

June 22, 2021
Michelle Rodriguez-Zamarron

Why UTRGV?

It was close to home and the RN to BSN program was highly recommended by fellow co-workers. Also, liked that the full curriculum was available online.

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Victor G. Ramirez

June 15, 2021
Victor G. Ramirez

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV wasn’t my first choice, but I decided to stay because of its proximity to home. While I couldn’t go out of the Valley for school, looking back, I don’t regret staying due to the amazing people I met. We are fortunate enough to have a university that covers and represents the Rio Grande Valley and our Hispanic culture. UTRGV has been able to give me the college experience without putting me in debt.

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Rosailda Gonzalez

June 8, 2021
Rosailda Gonzalez

Why UTRGV?

I decided to attend The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley because it was close to home and offered great opportunities. Being a UTRGV student has allowed me to grow as an individual and learn from the community. As a student majoring in social work, it was important for me to find a university with a mission statement that best aligned with my views. It was clear that UTRGV was the best option because it promotes innovation and accessible education for its staff, students, and community.

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Hasbanny Irisson

June 1, 2021
Hasbanny Irisson

Why UTRGV?

As a first-generation, low-income student, UTRGV provided me with the financial support and guidance I needed to be able to get a higher education. I received help filling out TASFA forms and received various scholarships throughout my undergraduate career. Now as a graduate student, I received the graduate sustainability fellowship from the UTRGV Office of Sustainability that helps with a large portion of my tuition costs. Overall, UTRGV made it possible for me to receive a higher education.

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Anitha Narayanan

May 25, 2021
Anitha Narayanan

Why UTRGV?

The uniqueness of this university is what really appealed to me. In comparison to other universities, UTRGV fees are much more affordable to the students along with a higher chance of getting on campus employment like assistantships as well as scholarships. The best thing about UTRGV is the college system, which offers quality education and exhibits a convenient and caring environment for its students. The staff along with faculty members are so companionable, accommodating and readily accessible to answer all questions and concerns.

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Tanya Carter

May 18, 2021
Tanya Carter

Why UTRGV?

I wanted the traditional “brick and mortar” feel from an online program. Every class that I had taken prior to entering this program had been in-person. So, I was somewhat concerned about an online program. But after speaking with a few of the faculty members, I knew I was in the right place.

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Anayi Lenise Garza

May 11, 2021
Anayi Lenise Garza

Why UTRGV?

I wanted to stay close to home while attaining a quality education, and that is just one thing that UTRGV was able to offer me that no other school could. I’ve come across some incredible faculty, staff, and classmates throughout the years that I have learned so much from as a student and professional. UTRGV has provided me with amazing opportunities which I’m very thankful for.

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Armando Garces III

May 4, 2021
Armando Garces III

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it gave me an opportunity to stay close to home and it allowed me to pursue a degree at an affordable price. If it weren’t for UTRGV I probably wouldn’t be in the position I am in today.

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Jannessa Perdomo

April 27, 2021
Jannessa Perdomo

Why UTRGV?

It allows me the opportunity to achieve a higher education without being away from family. I have a close bond with my family, so it was never an option to move away from home for college.

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Zak Borja

April 20, 2021
Zak Borja

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because I want to change the world, and I believe the best place to learn, grow, and connect with my community is UTRGV. I have had the honor of getting to know some of the most hardworking, passionate, and beautiful people I have ever met. I chose UTRGV because I truly understand that this university is a beacon of progress and knowledge that molds extraordinary young leaders into thinkers and doers that can and will make real impacts on the Valley and the world. UTRGV isn't just another university; it is a place you go when you want to change the world, which is precisely why I picked UTRGV.

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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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