Marvely Neme

Marvely Neme

Name: Marvely Neme
Age: 21
Major: Bachelor’s in Graphic Design
Class: Senior
College: UTRGV College of Fine Arts
Hometown: Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico
High School: Los Fresnos Highschool, Los Fresnos, TX 

I chose UTRGV because of my sister. I saw her out with friends, all the school events she attended, and all the support she had to pursue her studies here. The resources for Mexican American students were one of the predominant factors that made me want to be here and of course, the community that surrounds the university.

What made you decide on your current major?
I’ve had a passion for art ever since I was a child. Graphic design called to me because it was the way for me to learn more about how art is created and how it impacts our lives. To learn how to be better at what I love is a dream come true.

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
I hope to create a better understanding of the digital arts to those around us and how it impacts our lives. How it is more than just a pretty picture, it is something that makes us feel and helps us create a community. 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
I love the combination of cultures we experience here. How the Mexican American culture is not just represented by the students but how it gets involved in classes, events, and even the branding. UTRGV makes you feel included, makes you feel at home. UTRGV is so connected to its culture, a connection that almost no college has.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero means to be kind and always be a helping hand. Through community everything is possible, and we must be the knot that ties everyone together.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
UTRGV has helped me join wonderful groups like VAMOS and be able to be taught by wonderful professors. I thought that studying abroad was something out of my reach, and I ended up going to Italy to study about the pioneers of art! What art major does not have that dream? UTRGV made me realize there is more to my career than just creating. It is about creating an impact and finding a voice to speak out to the world.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
Know your limits. Do what you can, take your time, and rest when you need it. You are doing more than enough. YOU are more than enough. All careers are hard. There is no such thing as a harder or most important major, all majors depend on the other. Come hand in hand with those around you and keep an open mind on new things that come your way.