Alondra Sanchez

Alondra Sanchez

Name: Alondra Sanchez 
Age: 19 
Major:  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering 
Class: Senior 
College: College of Liberal Arts, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: San Juan, Texas 
High School: PSJA Early College High School 

I chose to attend UTRGV because it provides me with a sense of being at home, surrounded by a supportive community and close to my family. This unique sense of belonging and connection is something I believe I wouldn't have found at any other university. UTRGV truly feels like home, and as they say, there's no place quite like it. 
What made you decide on your current major?
I chose my current major because of my inherent passion for learning and my fascination with government and construction. The process of learning has always ignited excitement, fulfillment, and a deeper understanding within me. I'm drawn to government studies because of the impact it has on society, and I have a natural inclination towards construction and creation, which fills me with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Pursuing this major allows me to combine my passion for learning with my interests in governance and building, empowering me to create a positive impact and take pride in my work. 

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
I want to go to law school after graduation and get my JD in international law. I want to work as a lawyer for a couple of years to understand more in depth the way of the global government. 

What do you like most about UTRGV? 
Beyond completing my major, my aspirations include attending law school to obtain a Juris Doctor (JD) degree in international law. Following that, I envision working as a lawyer specializing in international law for a few years. My goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of global governance and legal systems and contribute to the world by advocating for justice and the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. I aim to be a part of the effort to create a more equitable and harmonious global community through my work in the field of international law.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you? 
Being a Vaquero, to me, signifies being a part of a close-knit community that genuinely supports and encourages each other's success and aspirations. Attending UTRGV instills a sense of pride in me because I know I'm part of a university where the collective spirit is focused on fostering growth, achievement, and the realization of individual dreams. It's the feeling of being in an environment where people genuinely care about one another's well-being and academic journeys that makes me proud to be a Vaquero.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
UTRGV has been instrumental in connecting me with valuable opportunities to engage with and contribute to my community through volunteering. Through these experiences, I've not only been able to give back but have also had the chance to forge meaningful connections and friendships. These interactions have afforded me a deeper understanding of the people and the unique culture of the Valley, allowing me to grow as an individual while realizing new goals and passions in the process.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
My advice to fellow students pursuing their degrees is to give it your absolute best and remember that there is no need to rush. Take the time to savor your academic journey, appreciate your surroundings, and make the most of the opportunities that come your way. Education is a valuable and transformative experience, so embrace it fully, and remember that personal growth and learning are as important as achieving your degree.