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Victoria Gonzales

Victoria Gonzalez
Major: 
Psychology
Graduation: 
Spring 2014

Victoria spent four semesters in the School of Undergraduate Studies. She quickly found that it provided her the space to explore majors, and she realized her interest in psychology.

UGS introduced me to people from different backgrounds. I have learned and explored the resources on campus so much by coming to UT as an Undergraduate Studies student. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Exploring Majors
When I came to UT, I expected to get a degree in management and complete pre-dental courses. I was accepted into Undergraduate Studies, and while I was initially confused about what that meant, I was glad I didn’t have the pressure of having to choose a career I wasn’t sure about. I explored many options and went back to what I originally wanted to do as a child. I took the intro class to psychology and found it very interesting, and it confirmed that this was what I wanted to study.

Studying Psychology
Studying psychology gives you a foundation for any career. Learning how to talk to people and how to understand why they do certain things is an essential skill. The major allows you to explore the wonders of this world that we all think about and never get answers to. With this degree, I will be able to relate to people in a better way.

My most influential professors were Dr. Juan Salinas who taught the intro psychology course, Dr. Lawrence Brownstein who has experience in the field, and Dr. Metson (GET MORE INFO) who also talked to me about her career and her perspective on studying psychology.

The most surprising thing about being a psychology major is that sometimes what seems like common sense isn’t, exactly. Things aren’t always what they seem. The human mind is complex and is the most powerful tool we have.

Road Bumps
I had a very low GPA and I felt like I was never going to pull it up. The average GPA of those who were admitted into psychology program was quite high and far from what I had, so I was afraid I was not going to be able to get in. Despite the fact