Rianna Torres

Rianna Torres

Name: Rianna Torres
Age: 21
Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Class: Senior
College: College of Fine Arts
Hometown: Mission, Texas
High School: Faith Christian Academy, Palmhurst, Texas 

I chose to attend UTRGV because it provides a high-quality education that has allowed me to stay close to home and still get to experience college life to the fullest extent.

What made you decide on your current major?
I decided on majoring in Graphic Design because I always gravitated toward art and being creative growing up, but I also have always had a love for problem-solving. Graphic Design is able to combine both of those for me by allowing me to be creative and help solve any client’s problems through design. 

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
When completing my major, I hope to continue exploring my creative side through designing for others, whether that is through freelancing or through working for a marketing agency.

What do you like most about UTRGV?
My favorite thing about UTRGV is the wide variety of classes I have been able to take within my degree plan with the most amazing professors. Despite Graphic Design being a digital medium, I was able to take the fundamentals of traditional art as well as many other classes like photography and animation, which have given me a wide variety of skills that will be very useful one day after graduation.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero means taking pride in getting to attend college where I grew up and continuing to expand on my education at a top-ranking university in Texas.

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
The greatest opportunity UTRGV has provided me with is the chance to work for the university as a student graphic designer to continue expanding on my education while also getting real-world experience with our university marketing and communications department. I have learned so much working for UMC, and getting the opportunity to create designs to help promote UTRGV has made me even more proud to attend school here.

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
My advice to my fellow students is to take it one day at a time. Getting your degree will go by so much faster than anticipated, so make new friends, attend school events and sports games, and don’t forget to stop and appreciate it all while you can!