First-Year Leaders

Molly Leadbeater
Senior from Austin, Texas
Major: Biology

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
I loved the Dallas area and it was the perfect distance from home for me. I visited numerous colleges and even though UTD was not my top choice, I received a gracious scholarship and the option of living in the new residence hall definitely made my choice easier.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

I like the size of UTD a lot; Not only can I get to my classes within the 15min my schedule allows, but I also am not just 1 student out of 500 in my basic classes. The smaller population allows you to know more people and it is easier to get involved. I like the on-campus housing that is offered, as well as the events that every organization seems to hold weekly. Professors reach out to their students and care about your success in their course, as do the numerous tutoring options UTD has available.

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

Pre-Dental Association, NRHH, Delta Epsilon Iota, FOCUS, Core Bible Study, Helping Hands, Alpha Epsilon Delta.

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

Everyone I have met! I came to UTD with no close friends from high school, so it was the farthest thing from 13th grade for me. Living in the residence hall my freshman year, created friendships I still have to this day and I see keeping throughout life! I found people to take midnight trips to Taco Cabana with, as well as pull all-nighters for the scary Organic Chemistry exams with.

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

I never realized how much freedom I really would have. My parents couldn’t check-up on me or make sure I went to bed early every night. I could tell them I was somewhere and they had no choice but to believe me. I was making life-changing decisions all on my own, from what classes to take the next semester to how much I would study for them. I also never realized how expensive life was! Buying groceries and gas and going to the movies really added up! I have had to learn how to make a budget and stick to it.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

I love working out at the Activity Center as well as running the perimeter of campus with friends. I enjoy taking part in intramurals, whether it is playing or cheering on from the sidelines.

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

I came to UTD not having someone I was close to that could serve as my mentor. I had to figure things out on my own, the hard way and the easy way. I quit groups and joined groups. I learned from my mistakes and others around me. I want to make the transition to college easier for freshman, by being able to give them the tips & tricks they need to succeed, as well as share my experiences to help them with similar situations they will face.

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

I wish I stepped out of my comfort zone earlier. I spent many weekends going home or to visit friends at other schools, instead of spending time at my own school and finding out how great it was here. By the time I realized that, my freshman year was almost over. I missed out on so many fun experiences because I wanted to go back to what was comfortable.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

ENJOY IT!! These will be the easiest classes you take and the most free time you have. Use that to your advantage by establishing good grades from the start and really getting involved on campus. This is your chance to restart and figure out who you want to be the rest of your life, so take chances and try new things :)


Updated: August 15, 2012