Carlo Zorola

Carlo Zorola

Name: Carlo Zorola
Age: 25
Major: Master of Science in Engineering Management
Class: Graduate student
College: College of Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
High School: Instituto Andes de Puebla 

I knew about UTRGV because I have family that are part of the UTRGV system. I transferred from a community college, and I did not know where I was going to go. I just knew I wanted to study industrial and manufacturing engineering. UTRGV has a great Engineering Department, and this helped me make the decision. Moreover, UTRGV's affordability set it apart from other U.S. universities I was considering, even with a scholarship. The Mexican waiver they offer made it possible for me to cover all my expenses while receiving a high-quality education. As an international student, I greatly value and appreciate this opportunity.

What made you decide on your current major?
Since my childhood, I've had a strong passion for mathematics, which guided my choice of pursuing a major heavily rooted in mathematics. Also, my father's profession as an industrial engineer intrigued me from a young age, leading me to explore the field of engineering further. This curiosity led me to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. As I continued my educational journey, I aspired to further develop my skills and knowledge, motivating me to undertake research and pursue a Master's degree in Engineering Management.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
My main goal is to secure a full-time job position in the U.S. As an international student, I arrived in the U.S. in pursuit of better opportunities, and I believe that UTRGV has given me the essential resources and support to achieve this goal.

What do you like most about UTRGV?
What I like the most about UTRGV is the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Over my years at UTRGV, I've dedicated most of my time to this college.  The faculty and staff I've had the privilege to engage with have always tried to provide assistance and guidance. Also, the college offers many opportunities for academic growth beyond the classroom. There are many research opportunities and student organizations available for gaining experience and networking. Also, here I have made friends over these years that will keep in touch with after graduating and that is very valuable too.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
UTRGV provides me with a sense of home. It offers me the chance to experience the best of both worlds, the opportunities I can get in the United States and a strong connection to the Hispanic community. I believe that this unique combination is what sets UTRGV apart and being a Vaquero means being embraced by this welcoming Hispanic community at UTRGV.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?  
During my time at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, I actively participated in various organizations and attended conferences, such as career fairs or presenting my research findings. UTRGV has been very important in my academic and professional growth. It has enabled me to represent the university at different events, thus enhancing my resume and broadening my experiences, all while helping me realize new goals. Previously, I had not contemplated pursuing a master’s degree or engaging in research to publish a paper. Furthermore, my role as the president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society provided me with invaluable opportunities to network and develop essential soft skills that will benefit me in my professional journey. These are just a few examples of the opportunities that UTRGV offers its students, and I am very thankful for them.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
Always try to give your best. There will always be challenges along the journey, but you know better than anyone else if you are giving your best or not.