Eric’s stellar academic performance has earned him the title of College Scholar. Eric knew he wanted to explore his options, so he selected UGS as his first choice. He’s since discovered passions for neurobiology and government and hopes to become a neurologist.
“My advice for UGS students is to keep exploring. I don’t want to say, “Don’t worry about the time,” because you don’t want to take too long exploring, but it’s okay to not know what you want to do. Eventually, you will figure it out.”
Finding a major
I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I applied to the School of Undergraduate Studies as my first choice and decided to go explore and find which majors best fit my interests. Now, I’m going to declare neurobiology and also want to double major in government. I like biology and have always been fascinated with the brain. And, neurobiology is pretty sweet because of the classes I get to take like computer science and whatnot and it goes good with my pre-med requirements.
I’m hoping to get into medical school following my undergrad. I’d like to be a neurologist.
Most Rewarding Class: I think my calculus class, because it showed me that if I worked hard enough, I could do things I didn’t think I could.
Helpful Campus Resources
Tutoring—the RHSG tutoring (the residential housing student groups), like the one in Jester, and the Sanger Learning Center. They’re so helpful. Office hours are also very important.
I’m part of the Longhorn Link program, and, aside from having my UGS advisor, I had Longhorn Link advisors who were available any time I needed them. I also used Wayfinder to learn about majors.
Favorite Study Spot: PCL—on the main floor towards the back, the room called the University Federal Credit Union Student Learning Commons.
How to be a Successful Student at UT
Utilize resources. The teachers themselves—they present a wide variety of ways to do well in their classes. For example, in my chemistry class the syllabus itself said that there’s tutoring available at the RHSG. Just take advantage of the resources available to you and don’t procrastinate.
Hispanic Health Professionals Organization (HHPO), Tai Kwon Do club, Judo, Gamma Beta Phi honors society, Austin Partners in Education.
UGS Experience and Advice for Undecided Students
UGS helped me find a path. When I got to UT, I didn’t feel the pressure—everyone was like me, no one knew what they wanted, and everyone was trying to figure that out. It got me going in all kinds of directions, which is a good thing because I wanted to try a little bit of this, a little bit of that.
My advice for UGS students is to keep exploring. I don’t want to say, “Don’t worry about the time,” because you don’t want to take too long exploring, but it’s okay to not know what you want to do. Eventually, you will figure it out.