Pursuing a degree at UNT Dallas has made me think about the future more than I have in my entire life.

Becoming the Best You Can Be

In high school, I was a class clown. I talked back to my teachers, and always had something to say in class. Even though I misbehaved, I ended up making A’s and was serious about my grades.

Now that I’m in college, I think I work harder than your average college student. I want to graduate and get a good job. People say don’t do it for the money, but I do. My parents probably make less than what I have the potential of making in a year, yet they manage to take care of me and my younger sister. They inspire me, and one day I want to achieve my goals so I can tell my mom to quit her job.

I started looking at UNT Dallas after coming here for a FAFSA Night and meeting Jason Faulk, an admissions counselor. The way he communicates with me and other students makes us feel like he wants us here. He goes out his way to make sure we come here. I remember when a student told him, “Oh if I come here…” He interrupted her saying “Oh you will come here, I’ll guarantee that you’ll come here.” I told myself this is the guy I need to follow, someone I want to be like when I grow up. He tells me,”…don’t be like me, be better than me.”

UNT Dallas is very affordable. And even though it is a four-year regional university, it is smaller than most of the community colleges in the area. When students come here they notice the great environment. The professors know you by name, not as a number. There’s no reason to settle for a class of 300, when you can be one of 25. No reason to go from Jorge to number 17. Everyone here knows who you are. UNT Dallas was one of my four options for college. I received an email in regards to being a finalist for the PLUS Fellow Scholarship. I didn’t know what that was, but I was up for the interview. This interview turned out to be a stepping stone for my choice to come here.

Attending UNT Dallas has made me more serious towards a lot of things. It’s helped me grow up, and taught me how to respect others. Pursuing a higher education has made me think about the future more than I have in my entire life. I work extra hard to make sure I get a job offer when I graduate. I dress more professionally than I have before. I have gained public speaking skills, character and the drive to be the best I can be.

I am currently studying business finance. It’s a good fit as I’m good with numbers. I would love to work for an established business like Apple.

With my help, UNT Dallas can stand apart from the competition even more, and be in a class all its own. I’ve learned the importance of believing in myself and have been encouraged by my professors and the administrators I’ve worked with.

I know I’ll get there through my college experience and be able work with a good company. I believe you can achieve anything through hard work and dedication.