An international student from Mexico, Erick was initially accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice—Radio, Television, Film (RTF). As a UGS student, Erick completed core coursework, got involved with RTF-related activities, and worked with his advisor, Rose Mastrangelo, to achieve his goal of getting into the RTF program. After spending three semesters as a UGS student, Erick transferred to RTF and graduated on time.
“When I found out I was accepted to UGS, I didn’t really know how it worked. But I just realized, ok, I need to work harder to get into what I want.”
Finding a Major
I was always RTF—that was always what I really wanted. In high school I was asked to make a commercial, and I loved it. I got really good grades for that commercial and everybody loved it, so I started making videos, and that’s when I was like, yep, this is what I want to do. When I found out I was accepted to UGS, I didn’t really know how it worked. But I just realized, ok, I need to work harder to get into what I want.
My second semester wasn’t great, and I didn’t get into RTF that semester. And my first semester, I missed the deadline and didn’t apply. It was tough to realize that I still wasn’t in RTF, even though I was involved in so many things related to it. And it was sad to see all of my friends who were already RTF when I was trying to get in and wasn’t getting in. My parents kept asking me, are you in? And I’d be like, not this semester, not yet, but then I got in my third semester.
Strategic Advising Support
I will forever say that Rose Mastrangelo is the most amazing person, and I’m so happy she was my advisor, because, Rose is a friend. When she was my