Alyssa Trejo

Alyssa Trejo

Name: Alyssa Trejo
Age: 18
Major: English
College of Liberal Arts
Hometown: Edinburg, TX
High School: Robert Vela High School, Edinburg, TX 

Choosing to attend UTRGV was not a difficult decision. Growing up and living close to the campus, I have witnessed it expand and win numerous accolades for being an amazing university. Unlike other universities, UTRGV really cares about its students by taking the pandemic seriously, offering cash grants and general help for students needing it.

What made you decide on your current major?
I wanted to enjoy my major and develop skills that could make me a competitive job applicant. I have always loved reading and writing. Those subjects were my favorite; even when writing multiple papers can get tiresome, my passion for the subject pushes me to do more. I love reading and analyzing a writer’s work, trying to find a hidden meaning, and learning new things in the process. I knew what I wanted my major to be; it was an easy decision.

How are you maneuvering being a student during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Finishing the last two years of my high school experience during the pandemic was certainly an interesting time. During those years, I learned the best way to focus and teach myself concepts that I did not understand since my classes were online. The pandemic also gave me a greater appreciation for every moment in life. As a college student, I still use those same practices and methods. I am grateful for every experience and opportunity that comes my way.

What are your greatest strengths and what are some challenges? 
Some of my biggest strengths include how organized I am. Making lists and having a planner helps me stay orderly and efficient. I realized during the pandemic how important it is to develop a schedule and stick to it. Because of the pandemic, I have realized that I cannot do everything in one day. I tend to want to finish everything quickly, but I am gradually learning that it is okay to take more time if I need it to produce a better result. 

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
I plan on becoming a high school English teacher. I am excited to become a welcoming educator and help my students read and analyze literature as my teachers did for me. Beyond that, I plan on going to law school. The way our justice system operates, with the many formalities and laws, interests me and I would love to learn more about it. My long-term goals include becoming an attorney in the state of Texas and helping people here in the Rio Grande Valley. 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
UTRGV is a unique place; as big as it is, it still feels very welcoming. I like the campus and my professors. All my professors are passionate about their subjects, which makes me interested to learn more. The many clubs on campus allow every student to find something they are interested in or passionate about. It has been a great experience.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
A Vaquero is someone proud of where they are from and celebrates their community. Ambition, resiliency, and dedication live in every Vaquero student. It is encouraging to see many students involved outside of classes to make our community better and create opportunities for future generations.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
From academic advice to internships and meaningful volunteer opportunities, UTRGV has helped me realize more about my passions and goals. My professors have encouraged me to succeed. Through UTRGV, I have found groups and individuals who are also passionate about the same things as me and are working to accomplish great things within my community.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing degrees during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Being a student during a pandemic is no easy feat. My advice would be to make a schedule to stay organized and be aware of approaching deadlines. To also realize that trying your best is enough; everyone should remember to appreciate themselves and the little things in life during these times. Students should also become involved in their community; joining groups or organizations is a great way to meet new people, participate in community service, and learn new things.