First-Year Leaders

Courtney Keeler
Senior from Round Rock, Texas
Major: Biochemistry

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
The outstanding research opportunities as undergraduates as well as the accessible HPAC program.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

I love how incredibly easy it is to make your mark on campus and leave a legacy. The University has its traditions, but it is still young enough to where anyone who wants to can make a great impact on the course of the campus.

List some clubs and organizations you are or have been involved in at UT Dallas.

CV Honors Program, Kappa Alpha Theta, Student Ambassadors, Orientation Team Mentors, Pre-Dental Student Association, Chemistry Student Association

What has been your favorite/best experience at UT Dallas so far?

My favorite experience at UT Dallas has been Welcome Week every single year. Each year they add a little twist that makes it fresh, and they cater to all students.

What did you learn about college life that you didn’t know before?

What you think is “studying” in high school isn’t what “studying” is in college. It’s really easy to come to UTD with such high scholastic marks from high school and just assume that the amount and ways by which you studied in high school will translate over. Wrong! It takes much more effort and careful consideration here!

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

Playing video games or walking my dog, Penny.

Why did you decide to become a First Year Leader (FYL)?

I wanted to give first year students a chance to learn from my many mistakes as well as my multiple successes.

Is there anything you wish you did during your freshman year that you didn’t?

During my freshman year, I wish I would have talked to my professors more. Some of them know me through organizations I’m involved in, but having that academic relationship comes in handy later on in your collegiate career.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Don’t be afraid to take risks! The only person who will keep you from having a good time on this campus is YOU. If you think it’s boring, create something fun to do. You hold the keys to your time here at UTD, which means you’re the only person to give credit for how you spend it!


Updated: August 15, 2012