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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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Walter Zamora
Investment Finance
Fall 2013

Walter entered UT hoping to pursue a business degree. After three semesters in UGS and a semester as a corporate communications major, he successfully transferred into McCombs. He is the financial director for the UGS Council and was a FIG mentor.

Horacio Villarreal
History and Government
Spring 2014

Horacio is the 2013-2014 UT student body president. Originally interested in biology and medicine, Horacio spent two semesters exploring his options as a student in the School of Undergraduate Studies and is now double majoring in history and government.

Lauren Fedele
Urban Studies and Geography
Spring 2014

Lauren received the 2014 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award for her hard work in Facilities Services and the Campus Environmental Center. Lauren spent three semesters as an Undergraduate Studies student before declaring majors in urban studies and geography. She’s also completing a minor in Spanish and a BDP certificate in the Environment.

Armando Vera
International Relations and Global Studies and Corporate Communication
Spring 2014

Armando was originally interested in business and medicine. After exploring his interests in Undergraduate Studies, he is now double majoring in international relations & global studies and corporate communication and hopes to become an entrepreneur.

Lora Chowdhury
Economics with Business Foundations
Spring 2014

Lora spent two semesters in UGS exploring her interests. With the help of her academic advisor, she declared a major in economics with a Business Foundations certificate and is graduating in just three years. Lora served as a FIG mentor and a UGS ambassador.

Emily Williams
International Relations and Global Studies
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.

Alex Macias
Health Promotion
Spring 2014

Alexandria looked all over campus for a major that fit her interests and goals. After two semesters in UGS, she declared her major in health promotion and is now a certified personal trainer. Alex is also completing a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship.

Bradley Worsham
Spring 2014

Bradley spent four semesters in UGS working to achieve his goal of transferring into McCombs School of Business. With the help of his advisor and his entrepreneurship FIG, he declared a major in finance and will be working for JPMorgan Chase after graduation.

Reva Davis
African & African Diaspora Studies
Spring 2014

Reva entered UT wanting to be a lawyer, but she wasn’t sure what to study to reach her goal. After two semesters in UGS, she discovered her initial plan to study government changed to finding her passion and declared a major in African & African Diaspora Studies. After graduation she plans to join Teach for America and later pursue a career in law.

Natalie Arevalo
Fall 2014

Natalie spent four semester in UGS exploring majors and participating in UGS Council, Undergraduate Research, and other student organizations. She declared English as her major and is planning to pursue a teaching certificate through Teach for America.

Jensen Blezinger
Corporate Finance
Spring 2014

Jensen spent four semesters at UGS and explored different options in the McCombs School of Business before declaring Corporate Finance as her major. She will be working at Silicon Valley Bank in California after graduation.

Caleb Jones
Spring 2014

Caleb spent three semesters in Undergraduate Studies and then declared a major in neurobiology after taking various biology courses. He will begin medical school this fall.