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Student Profiles

Click on a student’s name or picture to learn more about their experiences with the Bridging Disciplines Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies. To view student success stories from other UGS programs, visit the student success page.

Farah Mithani
Urban Studies

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Farah Mitahni spent the summer of 2013 interning with Pendulum Social Innovation Consulting, a firm that works with non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.

“From my Connecting Experience, I have learned that innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all aspects that can create significant change in the world.”

Selina Bonilla
Journalism

Journalism major Selina Bonilla employed her writing skills and her passion for helping others during her internship with Latinitas, an organization that seeks to empower young Latinas through creative media and technology. Selina deepened her understanding of non-profit administration and...

“The internship also helped me realize that my skills as a journalist are not limited to news and reporting and that they can help me communicate messages more profound than a breaking story.”

Shayna Goldblatt
Plan II

Ethics & Leadership BDP student Shayna Goldblatt studied how sports can be used as a vehicle for grassroots peace-building and reconciliation. Using the Barkai Center for Education, Coexistence and Soccer in Israel as a case study...

“My project took a non-traditional focus in the sense that it is more common to use diplomacy and funding to try to solve a problem, and not a game… Sometimes the most effective leadership decisions involve innovation and unprecedented creativity.”

Jeff Brown
Economics

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Jeff Brown worked on a business plan for Traction Jack, LLC, a company that he co-founded with a friend while...

“I recommend talking to as many people as possible on this wonderful campus. There is someone, somewhere on this campus that can help you get to where you want to be.”

Kyle Nielsen
Humanities

Digital Arts & Media BDP student Kyle Nielsen worked collaboratively with a team of students in the 2D Game Development Capstone course to...

“I think a lot of people have a fear of failing, but a project like this one will make you get over that fear.”

Kevin Martin
History, Government

Kevin interned with Global Youth Connect in Bosnia and Rwanda to meet requirements for his Global Studies certificate. In Bosnia, he worked within regions acutely affected by the Bosnian war to help local NGO’s and government agencies craft educational...

“My hands-on experience in post-conflict societies directly influenced the ways in which I wrote about the material, engaged current events, evaluated academic works, and spoke about them in both formal and informal contexts.”

Joanne Koola
Architecture

Joanne Koola is a third-year architecture major pursuing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability. This summer she interned with Austin-based HOLOS Collaborative, a think tank and...

“I now have a better understanding of what sustainability in architecture is and the different ways to achieve it in my future career.”