Profiles in Excellence - 2022

Abril Zepeda

May 17, 2022
Abril Zepeda

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because I got to see from my brother the amazing experience that he was having. I wanted to experience the same thing. Coming from Mexico it has been an easy transition and it is close to home.

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Paulina Moreno

May 10, 2022
Paulina Moreno

Why UTRGV?

I choose UTRGV because I fell in love with the community, ever since I moved here, I have always felt welcome.

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Jessica Hernandez

May 3, 2022
Jessica Hernandez

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because I wanted to stay close to my family and I also liked that this university has variety of career options. Over the years I have witnessed how the university continues to expand and provide more opportunities for the students. I decided to give back to the university by working in the Student Involvement Office and becoming a mentor to incoming students because UTRGV has proven to me numerous times how much care and support they provide to us, and I wanted to make sure the new students knew too. During the pandemic, for example UTRGV provided cash grants, care packages to students. When I graduated with my first bachelors in Rehabilitation Services, I was not able to participate in an in-person ceremony. I was devastated, however UTRGV made sure to provide a virtual ceremony for all Fall 2020 graduates and they sent in the mail our cap, tassel, and stole for the graduates. This just shows how UTRGV continues to support their students during the pandemic.

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Marco Castillo

April 26, 2022
Marco Castillo

Why UTRGV?

I knew UTRGV was the place I wanted to pursue my education since I was 18. At that age, I decided to move from Reynosa, a low-income area, to Edinburg to learn and fluently speak English. Once I settled into Edinburg, the University caught my eye instantly, since I had never seen building this big in my hometown. I felt like I was in a city of its own and I felt the need to be part of this large community. For me this was sort of a dream university, kind of like the ones I would only see on TV and movies. What made me feel more comfortable and assured is the fact that UTRGV offers a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate education which has made the transition process for me, as a first-generation student, easier.

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Alejandra Yañez

April 19, 2022
Alejandra Yañez

Why UTRGV?

Given UTRGV’s affordability and dedication to serving its local and international student base, my decision to join the Vaquero family was an easy one. With many of my family members and educators attending legacy institutions UTB and UTPA, I was eager to follow and gain the quality education I knew UTRGV could provide for me while also staying true to my roots.

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Nick Torres

April 12, 2022
Nick Torres

Why UTRGV?

There remains a weighty stigma behind choosing to stay in your hometown for your undergrad, especially when all those close to you are leaving. However, I hold a deep love for the Valley. Our region has a history of suffering from a critical brain drain, meaning many individuals seeking to further their educational and professional careers end up leaving to pursue better opportunities. Though, if our native mesquite trees and nopales have whispered anything to those willing to listen, it is that La 956 produces life that grows and thrives in the heat of adversity and arid barrenness. A natural and effervescent demonstration of a beautiful and rare strength that has no need for outside intervention because all that is necessary is held within and deeply rooted. I desire to help shift the looming narrative because there is such beauty to behold here. UTRGV has so many amazing things to offer, especially in the realm of education. Now, nearing the end of my undergrad race, I have no regrets behind my choice. I have had a myriad of professors and experiences that are actively expanding the territory of Latinx learners and empowering me to aid in the fruitful undertaking of showing the true beauty of our region. My progression as both a leaner and mindful individual has only improved since my journey began three years ago.

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Santana Peralez

April 5, 2022
Santana Peralez

Why UTRGV?

The ability to study my desired major while being close to my family. Also, as a low-income student whose family can’t help financially with school, the tuition advantage offered by UTRGV helped me make my decision.

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Arnold Gonzalez

March 29, 2022
Arnold Gonzalez

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it’s home and it’s just as impactful as any other university. Many choose to go to school out of their hometown or home-state where the same experiences, same classes, and same people you live is the same as I have here. It’s never the name of the university that attracts, it’s the people. I’ve visited other schools and institutions where I didn’t feel where I needed to be. UTRGV and the people that’ve helped built its reputation has helped me realized where I should be and it’s here as a proud Vaquero.

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priscilla espinoza

March 22, 2022
Priscilla J. Espinoza

Why UTRGV?

I chose to stay in my hometown and attend UTRGV because I take pride of my roots and where I am from. UTRGV at times tends to be overlooked and a lot of talent leaves the RGV. I think UTRGV has proven itself enough as a public university to beat this outlook with their numerous accomplishments and achievements. I’m grateful to UTRGV for helping their students during this adverse pandemic because they unquestionably demonstrated that their students always come first by offering us a helping hand in the most difficult times.

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Leslie Blanco

March 15, 2022
Leslie Blanco

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because I could have the opportunity to attend a quality and affordable university without having to leave my home. I found the school atmosphere quite fascinating and fun by the variety of organizations and events that always happened there. I will always be grateful to this university for allowing me to achieve my goals.

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Kayla Marroquin

March 8, 2022
Kayla Marroquin

Why UTRGV?

Being a first-generation college student, I wanted to remain close to home. UTRGV’s affordable tuition made it easier for me to choose UTRGV.

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Anaeli Villarreal

March 1, 2022
Anaeli Villarreal

Why UTRGV?

My decision for enrolling in UTRGV made it flexible for work and my academic growth. The faculty and staff always make a difference in the Valley and in Texas, as well, by increasing students’ knowledge and preparing them for life lessons along the way. UTRGV is a place where a student’s vision can write the next chapter of their life. As our journey began with a simple crayon or an alphabet through it, we began to modify our intellectual level to a successful career in our future.

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Anthony Arredondo

February 22, 2022
Anthony Arredondo

Why UTRGV?

UTRGV has a high percentage of Hispanic students which I am proud to be a part of. Our culture revolves around diversity, culture, family, and special traditions. UTRGV has all these special qualities and made it my home away from home. The campus itself gives off a sense of belonging which helps me express myself in a unique way.

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Laney Lopez

February 15, 2022
Laney Lopez

Why UTRGV?

The reason why I chose UTRGV was because it shares the culture that I was raised in and is one of the top 10 universities in Texas. While deciding where to attend, I remembered my mom and cousin both graduated from our legacy institution UTPA back in 2014. It was in my best interest to stay close to home and share the same experiences as my family. UTRGV offers affordable tuition, multiple scholarships and great opportunities that benefit me in my career path.

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Demian Rodriguez

February 8, 2022
Demian Rodriguez

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because it is very convenient for me. It is close to home and very affordable, especially because I plan to further my education by attending medical school which will be very expensive.

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Alyssa Trejo

February 1, 2022
Alyssa Trejo

Why UTRGV?

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.

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Arely Solis-Gonzalez

January 25, 2022
Arely Solis-Gonzalez

Why UTRGV?

Selecting a university that is aligned with a student’s dream can oftentimes be challenging because it depends on analyzing academic rigor, major availability, cost, affordability, student life, and the feeling of connectedness and acceptability a student wishes to experience when they visit the institution for the first time. While exploring the various options I had, I knew that leaving the Valley was a factor worthy of consideration. Coming from a migrant family, I knew that deciding wouldn’t just solely affect me. I had a conversation with my family, and that is when I realized that UTRGV was the best fit for me at that time and to this day. It offers a great education at an economic cost when compared to other universities. I received the opportunity to familiarize myself with the Edinburg campus through a summer migrant camp called MUSE. Through MUSE, I was introduced to a snippet of that important feeling of belongingness that is so significant to incoming freshmen. Most importantly, it meant I’d still be able to see my family since they migrate for six to seven months out of the year to other states.

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Santiago Montoya Jr.

January 18, 2022
Santiago Montoya Jr.

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV for its proximity to home and for its affordable tuition. I will never regret this tough decision because of the great experiences in and out of campus. This is an incredible campus environment with exceptional professors that teach in the best way because they love what they do. I love being surrounded by classmates who aspire to be role models for the next generations.

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Alani Berlanga

January 11, 2022
Alani Berlanga

Why UTRGV?

I chose UTRGV because I wanted to experience what college was like and grow as a person. Having the opportunity to accomplish this while remaining close to home made the decision to become a Vaquero that much easier.

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Jacquelyn Robles

January 4, 2022
Jacquelyn Robles

Why UTRGV?

I chose to attend UTRGV because it is close to home and gives me the opportunity to obtain a higher education degree without putting me into debt. The university also offers me the chance to work in research labs, such as the Behavior and Child Development lab, which are geared toward wanting to improve the quality of life of RGV residents.

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