“Time management is something that has greatly helped me throughout my college career.”
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Major: Political Science (Criminology Minor)
Expected Graduation Date: May 2015
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- Student Government President (2013-2014)
- Political Science Club President (2012-2013)
- UT System Student Advisory Council Member (2013-2014)
- Writer for the Mercury (2011)
- Tri Delta Sorority
- Dean's List
- John Marshall Pre-Law Society
- HBI Mentoring Program
Deciding on Political Science
It was during the summer between my junior and senior year of high school when I was applying to colleges that I thought it was about time for me to narrow down my interests into a major. Until then, I was notorious for changing my mind on a monthly basis about what I wanted to do when I "grew up". My favorite high school English teacher gave me some terrific advice during that time, she told me to find something that I truly enjoy and then figure out a career or major based on that one thing. Since I was young I have been fascinated by government and politics. I credit much of this interest to my dad, who always led some of the most thought-provoking political discussions at our dinner table and never failed to challenge me to know more. After deciding that my career path would revolve around politics, Political Science became the best choice for me.
My EPPS Success
Although it has taken me some time to figure out, I think that time management (as cliché as it may sound) is something that has greatly helped me throughout my college career. I am someone who really enjoys being involved on campus and being part of many different organizations but simultaneously is very focused on academics. I have learned that if I want to maintain a good balance between my course work and my activities, I have to plan ahead and manage my time effectively. Oftentimes that involves keeping an updated calendar with all of my activities and school work in one.
Plans for the Future
After graduating from UT Dallas, I plan on going to law school—hopefully to one of the top 14 law schools in the country. I am not quite sure what I kind of law I want to practice yet but I think that my time in law school will give me the opportunity to figure that out.
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
We are very lucky that EPPS is such an incredibly close-knit community, so I would strongly advise taking advantage of everything this school has to offer. Meeting and getting to know your professors is key. They are truly here to help you succeed, so take advantage of their expertise. EPPS advisors and other staff members give great advice, not only on what classes to take but also on career options and your future. EPPS being a smaller school at UT Dallas allows for much more interaction with the staff and faculty and provides for some incredible opportunities for the students.
In my free time, I like spending time with my family and friends (especially around a great meal), reading the news from a wide variety of sources, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and watching movies.