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First WGS Undergraduate Degrees Awarded at the University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2008

Posted: December 18, 2008
Asha Dane'el
B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, 2008

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas at the U.S.-Mexico international border. I consider West Texas different from the other parts of Texas; some would even say it's part of New Mexico. But I am a proud Texan and a border resident. I loved living in El Paso, though I knew I wanted to leave and go to a new city. I had been to UT Austin when I was in 10 years old and I knew it was a special place. I applied and was accepted as a Longhorn Scholar.

When I was a freshman, I wanted to take some of my core classes, but at the same time, there were so many other interesting classes to take! I ended up taking quite a few Women & Gender studies courses, because I had always been a feminist and wanted to explore feminism at more of an intellectual level. This was before WGS was even a major. Now I am one of the first two WGS majors at UT Austin!
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