Areeb Siddiqui

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Major: B.A. Political Science, B.S. Economics
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Member of McDermott Scholars Program and Hobson Wildenthal Honors College
  • Secretary of Student Government
  • President of No Labels
  • Dean's List
  • Member of Moot Court team
  • Member of Mediation team
  • Staff Secretariat member for Model UN team

Deciding on My Major

I always knew that I wanted to be a political science major. I consider myself to be politically active, having been an avid follower of political discourse since the 2012 election. However, I have always had a desire to understand the economic institutions that allow the poverty and wealth inequality ubiquitous across our country to continue. As a result, I recently decided to add Economics to better understand the synergy between the political and economic systems and their combined effect on the average citizen.

My EPPS Success

Success in EPPS relies on two things: forming relationships with professors, and involving yourself in the social arena and organizations on campus. EPPS professors are some of the most knowledgeable faculty at UT Dallas. Their research, connections, and publications can serve as valuable learning tools, and provide potential opportunities to help you figure out what to do with your life post-graduation. Additionally, varied campus involvement can improve your skills in communication, public speaking, and writing, all of which are vital for careers led by EPPS majors.

Plans for the Future

After graduation, I plan to go to law school. I aspire to be a lawyer working in public service, advocating for those who are victims of systemic inequality. At a certain point, I may want to transition to a full-time public service career.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

I highly suggest asking one of your professors to lunch, and getting to know them and their work better. EPPS professors have continuously helped me adjust and perfect my career trajectory. Moreover, if you find anything that seems slightly interesting on campus, join it! Try to pinpoint a few organizations you enjoy the most and put your time into them. Eventually you could be a leader in the organization, and leave your own legacy at UT Dallas.

Other Interests

I love to go out with my friends and explore interesting aspects of the city I live in, whether it's new restaurants or art events. I also enjoy playing soccer and badminton.