Ana Mena

Ana Mena

Age: Ana Rosa Mena
Major: Physics
College: College of Sciences
Hometown: Brownsville
High School: Hanna High School, Brownsville 

At first, I chose to attend UTRGV because I wanted to be close to my family. I stayed here because of the opportunities available to me as a physics major as UTRGV has an excellent Physics Department that conducts cutting edge research and provides students the opportunity to be a part of it. Another reason why I chose UTRGV is because of the UTeach program. They have prepared me with the tools I need to be an excellent teacher and thanks to them I can graduate with a teacher certification.

What made you decide on your current major?
I decided to pursue a major in physics because it combines my love for mathematics and science. I yearn to know how everything works and physics explores how the universe works.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
I hope to become a high school physics teacher. I would like to make a difference in the lives of students and give back to my community. I also want to encourage girls to pursue a career in STEM. 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
What I like most about UTRGV are the professors. I have had incredible UTeach mentor teachers. Mrs. Treviño, Mr. Valencia, and Dr. Groves have guided me and shaped me into the teacher I want to be. Another professor that has made a huge impact in my life is Dr. Mkhitar Hobosyan from the Physics department. Dr. Hobosyan is an excellent professor, he transmits his love for physics to his students. His enthusiasm and dedication are evident. Having professors like them makes me happy to be a part of this university.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero means never giving up! Even when times get tough, we find a way to persevere.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
Attending UTRGV has provided me with the opportunity to give back to my community. I have been an active member and served as an officer for the UTeach Student Organization for the past two years. The UTeach Student Organization focuses on promoting STEM. As future teachers we are aware of how important it is to give back to our community and we participate in canned food drives, clothing drives, teacher certification workshops, STEM open houses, and we volunteer in homeless shelters.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There is nothing wrong with going to tutoring.