Pablo Acosta

"Choose a career and a field where you could wake up every morning and actually enjoy going to."

Hometown: Richardson, TX

Degrees: BS - Public Affairs
Current Academic Pursuit: MPA - Public Affairs
Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Pi Alpha Alpha 2013
  • UMANT - William J. Pitstick Scholarship 2013
  • Dean's List 2013
  • Golden Key International Honor Society 2012
  • Tau Sigma Honor Society 2012
  • UT Dallas - Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship 2012
  • Texas City Management Association 2013
  • B.S. Public Affairs magna cum laude

Deciding on Public Affairs

I began UT Dallas in the fall of 2011 as an undergraduate transfer student majoring in Political Science and Economics. However, after enrolling in several electives and taking courses with instructors such as Prof. Ted Benavides, Dr. Robert Whelan, Dr. John McCaskill and Dr. Meghna Sabharwal I decided to change my major to Public Affairs, begin the fast-track program and pursue the MPA degree.

My EPPS Success

Talking to professors after class and getting to know them has been really helpful. Not only are they great instructors but in my experience they really want their students to succeed. For example several professors encouraged me to join different organizations and would offer recommendations when searching for internships.

EPPS also has an excellent advisor Nora Hernandez who really helped me plan my degree plan and learn about the resources the university has to offer whether it be the math lab, the writing center, and also by always having an open door when students wanted to ask her questions.

Plans for the Future

My plans for the future are to pursue a career in public service.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

During my time in the MPA program I organized informational interviews with 12 of the top city managers in North Texas, in which I asked all sorts of questions but primarily asked for advice they would offer to young professionals starting out in their careers. Some of the best advice that I received was to choose a career and a field where you could wake up every morning and actually enjoy going to.

The advice I would offer would be to encourage prospective EPPS students to find a career which best fits them by scheduling meetings and talking to professors, advisors, and professionals about their careers.

Other Interests

Reading, spending time with family and friends