Alyna Lizcano

Alyna Lizcano

Name: Alyna Lizcano
Age: 20
Major: Bachelor’s in Art with Teaching Certification
College: College of Fine Arts
Hometown: Harlingen, Texas
High School: Harlingen High School, Harlingen 

The familiarity of home, financial support, and sense of community made choosing UTRGV a simple choice for me. I have been able to grow and excel at my own pace; without the fear of financial restraint or being too far from home.

What made you decide on your current major?
Ever since I was a kid, I had a passion for drawing and depicting the images in my head into reality. In high school, I took art and explored the various ways in which I could express myself. I found myself drawn towards the broadness of art and the desire to learn even more methods of expression; I want to be able to communicate my feelings to the world with more than just words.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
After graduating, I hope to become an art teacher. Thanks to my teachers in high school, I was granted a healthy and creative means of collecting all my emotions, thoughts, and ideas into a positive solution. I wish to teach and provide a fun learning environment that opens doors for students as they start their own journeys in life. 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
The sense of belonging, clear support, and beneficial opportunities are my favorite aspects of UTRGV. From the moment I toured this campus I felt like I belonged. The events are welcoming, the students friendly, and everyone is always willing to lend a helping hand. I would not have grown this much if I hadn't felt this support and dedication towards our success.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero means being a pioneer towards higher education for all. Attending school here helps the university give other students the same opportunities I have been able to receive so far. Every action we take helps not only ourselves, but someone else as we make our way towards a career that can potentially impact the lives of others.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
As a result of my job with the Center for Student Involvement, I’ve been able to host various cultural events, highlight diversity on campus, and create spaces where students can feel welcomed. I’ve even been able to improve my public speaking, communication, and leadership skills!

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
If you fail once, don’t let it be the end. If I had let every scary opportunity pass me by, I would never have made it this far. If you try and it doesn’t work out? Get back up and try again; you miss every shot you don’t take. So do your best while you can.