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Outstanding UGS Alumni

Meet exceptional Longhorns who started UT as undeclared UGS students. Click to learn more about how they chose majors, explored careers, and discovered their paths through the university.

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Callie Hacker
Theatre and Dance
Spring 2015

Callie found a home in UGS and used it as a stepping stone to get where she is today. Originally with hopes of being an accountant, Callie began to see that was not where she belonged. Through a few struggles and the help of her professors and advisors, she joined a First-year Interest Group. She then became a FIG mentor and found her true calling in theatre.

Reid Luedecke
Exercise Science
Spring 2015

Reid was discouraged when he was denied admission into the College of Natural Sciences, but after his experience in UGS he was able to find the perfect balance between the two things he loves—science and health. Through Wayfinder, he was able to explore different areas he had an interest in and found his current major. Reid plans to pursue a career in physical therapy after graduation this spring.

Curtis Martin
Computer Engineering
Spring 2015

Curtis transferred to UT from a community college with the intention of studying electrical engineering. When he was unable to get into the program, he was placed into his second choice—UGS. At first he was unaware of what the program would do for him but he came out realizing that UGS was the best possible place for him.

Elena Luna
Health Promotion
Spring 2015

UGS helped Elena transition from high school to college. She was uneasy about not knowing what to major in, but with the help of UGS and recommendations from her advisor, she was able to find the areas that interested her the most. Elena encompassed both her passions, exercise and health, and found health promotion. She plans to earn her master’s degree in public health and one day attend medical school.

Isabella Sheehan

Isabella was accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of her first choice, public relations. As she prepares her application for the Moody College of Communication this spring, Isabella has been busy gaining valuable experiences through her internships and participation in student organizations.

Truc Nguyen
Business (Corporate Finance)
Spring 2014

Truc Nguyen spent two semesters in UGS exploring the ins and outs of business school before solidifying her decision to transfer into McCombs. Truc is incredibly active in the UT and UGS communities and has served as both an Honors Colloquium mentor and a First-year Interest Group mentor, in addition to numerous other leadership roles in organizations across the Forty Acres.

Erick Munoz
Radio, Television, Film
Spring 2013

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.

Andrew Cavazos
Spring 2013

Andrew was accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice, architecture. After a tough first semester, Andrew worked with his advisor in the Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling to pull up his grades and explore his interests. Now, he is graduating on time with a degree in government and plans to attend law school this fall.

Caleb Ingels
Broadcast Journalism
Spring 2013

Caleb spent two semesters in UGS before being admitted in the College of Communications where he will be graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism this spring. As a UGS student, Caleb received crucial help from his advisor, Alexia Apollo, as he made decisions about his major and career direction.

Ivy Mestrovic
Spring 2013

Ivy spent her first two years in UGS exploring majors before discovering a European folklore class that changed everything. Now an anthropology major, Ivy will graduate this spring and begin her graduate studies in the fall.

Taryn Moore
Education: Youth and Community Studies
Spring 2013

Originally interested in majoring in math and doing the pre-med track, Taryn spent two semesters exploring her interests in UGS before declaring an education major.