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Emily Williams

Emily Williams
Major: 
International Relations and Global Studies
Minor: 
Middle Eastern Studies
Graduation: 
Spring 2014

Initially, Emily hoped to go into the medical field, but with encouragement from her UGS academic advisor, she explored her options for two semesters by auditing classes and joining clubs. She also served as a UGS Ambassador. Emily is graduating with a degree in International Relations and Global Studies and already has a job lined up with Oracle.

“First and foremost, UGS allowed me to make an informed and intelligent decision about my major. Without UGS, it’s likely that I would have changed my major and interests multiple times and wasted an unfortunate amount of time that could have been better utilized.”

Exploring UT Through Undergraduate Studies
I initially came to UT expecting to go into the medical field. Very early on during my first semester, I realized that my interests had changed long ago, and I hadn’t allowed my major and career goals to do the same. I chose to be undeclared and transferred to Undergraduate Studies when I realized I was no longer completely committed to my initial major. I was quite overwhelmed by the large number of majors that UT has to offer. I had never even heard of many of them!

My UGS advisor asked me what I liked. She asked me to get to know older students and learn about their experiences at UT, audit classes, and join clubs that would expose me to a wide breadth of academia at UT. I eventually joined the UNICEF student chapter and found many people with similar interests and values. Many of them were International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) majors. Upon learning more about the major and degree plan, I was hooked!

Studying International Relations and Global Studies
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