First-Year Leaders

Krystal Ogundipe
Junior from McKinney, Texas
Major: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
Education has always been important to my family. I wanted to go a college that would prepare me for the real world. I did not want to feel swallowed in a huge school. I had obligations at home, thus I did not want to go to a college that was too far. UT Dallas had everything I was looking for with its diversity and renowned academics, generous merit scholarship program, comfortable size, and convenient location.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

The diversity at UT Dallas is fantastic. I’ve learned a lot, not just from my classes but about different cultures as well. It blows my mind when I am in a small class but have several classmates from countries I am unfamiliar with. It’s exhilarating to have learned about so many cultures in such a small period of time.

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

Delta Epsilon Iota, Volunteering at UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders

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

Working with the lead advisor for undeclared underclassmen and the Career Center has literally changed my life. I knew that I was going to go to college and that I needed to find the right career but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. I did not want to rush into a major and end up changing later. From the beginning, I had the guidance I needed to stay on track to graduate in four years while exploring my options. The semester after I declared my major I had an internship that helped me to explore the field.

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

It is a pretty common stereotype that young people are apathetic. Getting to see just how wrong that can be has been an experience I will not forget.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

By the end of the day I am usually starving and pretty tired. I love getting to head home, grab a bite to eat, and reflect on the day. In addition, I love taking in all the scenery around campus, there are so many beautiful spots to just sit at and enjoy.

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

I had a great experience in my freshman seminar course. I was in a comfortable and fun environment that made college a lot easier to navigate. I wanted to be a part of the program so that more freshmen could get the same great welcome to UT Dallas. I also wanted freshman to get the benefit of my experiences, both good and bad, so that they could start out strong and stay strong in their college career.

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

I wish that I had attended Success Camp. Success Camp is wonderful experience for incoming freshman that allows them to brush up on their academic skills, take a tour around campus, and attend a mock lecture. I know most of the ins and outs of UT Dallas now but having someone to guide me through those basic things would have been tremendously helpful. Also, getting a taste of a college lecture the summer after leaving high school would have helped me approach my classes with more confidence.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Take charge of your first year of college. It is easier to start out strong than to try to play catch-up later. Attend and be mentally present for your freshman seminar class. Your First Year leader (FYL) is specifically there to help you achieve your personal best.


Updated: August 15, 2012