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What Are BDP Students Saying about the Program?

“When I look back on my time at UT, the BDP experiences are what I will remember.”

- Susan Clapsaddle, Environment

“The BDP has been the most influential educational opportunity that I have had at the University of Texas at Austin. I plan to pursue a career in teaching and to forever remain an advocate for the rights and welfare of children because of the many important lessons I have learned through the BDP.”

- Amir Boroujerdi, Children and Society

“In regards to my plans for the future, the BDPs have helped me pinpoint what I want my career to be. Even though the shift in plans from becoming a historic preservation architect to an architectural historian might seem insignificant, I know that the shift ultimately changed my perspective on society and culture, and thus, on life.”

- Albert Palacios, Cultural Studies

“I have many different academic interests, but I did not feel comfortable just choosing to double-major. I chose to join the BDP because it allowed me to pursue my many interests while keeping me focused on my overall goal of using my education for the public good. My BDP helps me to stay mindful of the connections among the many different subjects that I learn.”

- Tara Buontello, Social Inequality, Health, and Policy

“I wanted the opportunity to explore internships, coursework, and research beyond my major so that I could have a more well-rounded view of the way the arts can, do, and should work in the world. The BDP offered this and more, and enabled me to intern in many fields and use those experiences to shape my understanding of the arts’ role in society.”

- Katrina Priebe, Cultural Studies

“The biggest benefit of the BDPs is the ability to do an internship at an organization that relates to your particular area of study. You have the chance to explore your career interests, interact with prominent faculty members, and learn about their research.”

- Ashley Lemell, Children and Society