First-Year Leaders

Monica Niawiarowski
Senior from Plano, Texas
Major: Political Science

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
I wanted to go to law school, and UT Dallas’ pre-law program is fantastic. It was small enough to feel friendly, but big enough to let me spread my wings. The scholarship I received also gave me the freedom to make my dreams into a reality

What do you like about UT Dallas?

I really liked the small school feel and the big school opportunities. Thanks to UT Dallas and the professors I have known here, I’ve had experiences I would never be able to have anywhere else.

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

Delta Delta Delta, Student Ambassadors, First Year Leader, Student Union and Activities Advisory Board, John Marshall Pre-Law Society, UTD TV, Convocation Planning Committee, Residential Senate

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

I loved being a member of different on campus organizations and meeting all sorts of interesting people! Getting to know UTD’s professors has been incredible as well – they’re fascinating and they truly care about their students.

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

The old adage that fortune favors the brave is never truer than in college. If you don’t challenge yourself, test your boundaries, and take risks, you might never discover something that you’d love.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

I love going to the awesome (and free!) events on campus, watching good movies, and eating delicious food with my friends.

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

I’ve had a great time at UTD and I wanted to share my experiences with incoming freshmen so they find a way to make their four years in college amazing.

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

I wished I hadn’t declared a major and let myself explore different classes.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Be daring, be adventurous, and take a few risks. This can mean different things to different people, but whether it’s taking a class you might not have thought to take or joining a club you’re interested in, it’s the first step to getting to know yourself and your interests.


Updated: September 6, 2012