Spring 2020 Graduate Recognition
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Despite growing up with dyslexia, I became a first-generation college graduate that graduated Magna Cum Ladue. If it wasn’t for UNT Dallas I wouldn’t have reached my full potential. I am truly a success story. UNT Dallas has prepared me by giving me the skills to believe in myself. Being a Child Development major has prepared me for my future career of becoming a Behavioral Analyst (Teaching children with autism). My Favorite memory was joining Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority. I have gained so many Gamma sister’s that have helped me in so many ways.
UNT Dallas was a home away from hone for me. It was like a big family, since it was a small campus everyone knew everyone and it felt as if we all connected in some way. My favorite memory is when I decided to rush Kappa Delta Chi. Not only was I able to grow in my personal life, but also my professional life. I was surrounded by women who had the same goals and aspirations as me. I think UNTD prepared me by giving me professors who genuinely cared about me and my goals. UNTD also hosted amazing events to teach me how to present myself in a professional manner.
We must never give up on our dreams, but instead, change our methods of obtaining them. Passion alone will push us against glass ceilings, but education breaks the ice. The dedication of UNT Dallas professors made pushing through those closed doors possible. Not only did they give me the tools I needed to graduate, they gifted me their time by listening to my dreams and discussing avenues by which I can pursue them. Don’t hide all you have learned, but instead share it with those who are on this journey. Don’t allow another “non-traditional student” to sweat away the years of their life under glass ceilings. Tell them that breakthroughs are possible at UNT Dallas.
UNT Dallas was my second home. It was where I was able to meet new faces and learn new things! It was nothing but opportunities to better myself and make a lot of friends on the way. I will always be able to look back at the 4 year legacy we’ve made together.
UNT Dallas prepared me by allowing me to figure out what I love and find what I really am passionate about, it was that interaction with others and helping them that made me realize I want to continue that into the medical field.
UNT Dallas for me means hope. I think the very fact that it is the first public university in the Dallas area shows how far we have come as a city. Its continued growth shows how we are continuing to make progress by bringing an affordable option for students like myself, who otherwise may have not been able to afford different 4-year University. I hope with the highest of hopes that UNTD's growth continues on without end. If so, then it will be a representation of its students who grow alongside it and become successful, not based off what the school provided in terms of history, but in its lessons in humility, determination, and resilience.
I came to UNT Dallas with high hopes of accomplishing my goal of being the first person in my immediate family to receive a Bachelor’s degree. Little did I know that this little university in South Dallas would save my life. Throughout my time there, I experienced one major personal setback after another, from unexpected homelessness and mental health issues to the recent sudden passing of my elderly father during midterms. Despite this, the faculty and staff at this university encouraged me to never give up on myself. When the substantial weight of outside burdens became crippling, I was offered help and advice instead of criticism. I would like to especially thank Cynthia Suarez of Disability Services and professor Dr. Kelly Varga for being my guardian angels throughout my time at UNT Dallas. The two of you will always hold a special place in my heart.
Attending the University of North Texas at Dallas, meant being a leader to pave the path for future students. I love how the University adapted Trailblazers as their mascot because that enhanced the meaning of the student life. One of my favorite memories was being present during the groundbreaking of the Student Center. I love how the school grew exponentially within the four years that I attended. As a graduate, I finally understand when people say "Having a family away from home."
UNT Dallas meant a completion of a dream. I waited patiently, after being discharged from the Marines, for 26 years to enroll in college because of my decision on getting married and having children young. Based on my decision, my dreams were downscaled to getting an associate and low paying jobs, but I still wanted a bachelor’s degree. Interestingly my dreams became hope when it was advertised that UNT Dallas, a 4-year college, would be an affordable option as I was finalizing my divorce that same year. Since attending, UNT Dallas has ignited a passion in me to help military personnel their families dealing with the same issues I dealt with. While attending I received both love and a challenge and from the staff and my professors that I now view them as family. With a new perception on life, duel bachelor’s degrees from two different colleges I feel my options are limitless!
My UNT Dallas degree means hope, prosperity, and longevity. This has been such an exhilarating experience for me over the last two years. I transferred from Cedar Valley two years ago and hit the ground running. The road towards achieving my goal may have been a very daunting task at times; however, I proceeded with caution and finished my race at the young age of “50”. Receiving my BA in Sociology will enable me to become a certified Educator and continue serving in a capacity that helps children find their strengths and reach their goals. My fondest memory of UNT Dallas will be witnessing how each and every department assisted students and always took the time to go the extra mile in assuring you that everything would be okay, that takes a sense of caring and stewardship. Hats off to the entire UNT Dallas staff, they are amazing!!
Graduating from UNT Dallas with a Masters in Educational Leadership provided me the opportunity to pay it forward in my community. Since high school, I have aspired to teach and impact students throughout my school district. Today, I am one step closer to reaching my longterm goal as principal. From classes in curriculum leadership to professional development, UNT Dallas engaged me in rigorous curriculum that increased my success during the practicum and internship courses.
As a Human Service Management Leadership graduate my UNT Dallas degree means I have been equipped with the knowledge and practice to serve my community as a professional to help and serve those in need. One of my favorite memories at UNT Dallas is my service-learning experience in the UNT Dallas 2016 Community Engagement Event that allowed me to learn the importance of networking and meeting community leaders from different local non-profit organizations that I still connect with today. My journey at UNT Dallas has been life changing.
I am native from Michoacán Mexico, as a first-generation immigrant college student in my family. I have faced many obstacles to be able to continue my education. Thanks to My UNT Dallas, Family I have overcome those obstacles. I have learned a lot about myself and my passion to help others. At this point in my career, I still have much to learn in life, but UNT Dallas has armed me with a higher sense of responsibility, maturity, and discipline. To move into the next step in my career. I will use my bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management and leadership to help others overcome societal issues and struggles. Being the first-generation college student in my family I am not only living my American dream but as well my family American dream.
My bachelors degree majoring in biology and minoring in psychology just means I have a long way to go to get to the career path I want. Career Services resume workshops helped prepare me for success in the workforce. My favorite memory is when Chris Gardner visited and gave a small group of us a speech about his journey on becoming a successful business man.
UNT Dallas has refined the way I define myself as an educational leader by providing me with the resources, know-how, and support to create a vision with goals that focuses on building capable students that are well-rounded in academics, problem solving, critical thinking, and life skills; thus enabling them to become life, career, college, and military ready. During this journey, I built connections, made friends, and gained knowledge that will last long into my future. The memories of walking through the Dallas Arboretum, seeing Texas Instruments work to save lives with robots, and watching the North Texas Food Bank make a true difference in our community, will last and provide me with opportunities to voice the need for STEM skills avocation and interdisciplinary learning.