Tiffany Barragan

Tiffany Barragan

Name: Tiffany Barragan
Age: 21
Major: Applied Mathematics
Class: Junior
College: College of Sciences
Hometown: Edinburg, TX
High School: Robert Vela High School 

I chose UTRGV because it was the best economical choice as well as all the opportunities that it has to offer. It gave me the chance to stay close to my loved ones while obtaining a high-quality education. UTRGV provides a variety of programs, student aid, student organizations, and a friendly environment. My experience has been that professors genuinely care about their students, engage the students into their lectures, and guide students to the right path. They want to help you achieve, especially in my mathematics department.

What made you decide on your current major?
I decided to major in applied mathematics because I have always been enthusiastic and highly interested in the field. Ever since I can remember, I was just intrigued by data and numbers. I enjoy very analytical learning, especially the structure of things and how you are constantly challenged. You must take your time with it and understand it. 

What do you hope to achieve beyond completion of your major?
Once I graduate, I want to pursue my master's degree in mathematics; I hope to have the opportunity to work as a professor. I want to be able to share the knowledge I was given to others. Another amazing opportunity would be to collaborate with a company where I can use my critical thinking skills, analysis, data driven and creative thinking ability to use. 

What do you like most about UTRGV?
There are so many opportunities given to you to succeed. One of them is the work-study employment, you can get firsthand work experience on campus. I was given a few opportunities to work in the learning center, UTRGV Human Resources, GED tutor, and at the Center for Student Involvement.

What does being a Vaquero mean to you?
Being a Vaquero means that I am part of a community. My dad also attended UTRGV when it was still UTPA earning his B.A and his M.S. Being able to attend the same university means a lot to me. I am part of my family’s legacy. 

What opportunities has UTRGV helped you find throughout your community?
I’ve been a part of a intramurals co-ed basketball since my freshman year in 2019 and that’s helped me gain a social circle and meet people that have helped me through my college career. I hope to continue these relationships outside of college. 

What advice do you have for fellow students pursuing their degrees?
The best advice I have for fellow students is to stay determine and surround yourself with people who will motivate you and share the common goals.