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Thomas "Trey" Grothouse

Thomas "Trey" Grothouse
Major: 
Undeclared

Due to Trey’s outstanding academic achievements, he is the first Undergraduate Studies student to be named a Distinguished College Scholar. Trey arrived on campus as a Health Science Honors-Biology student but transferred into UGS to explore his options after realizing he was no longer interested in becoming a doctor.

“You have to learn to adapt to the situation. My goals and aspirations have drastically changed nearly every semester due to situations that were entirely out of my control. You can’t let these problems overwhelm you or defeat you.”

Finding a Major
I chose my first major based on the idea that I wanted to be a doctor. I had performed well in the sciences in high school, and there was a push for me to enroll in natural sciences. Upon admittance to the Health Science Honors Program as a freshman, I invested myself entirely in biology and had not considered the other possibilities UT has to offer. My biggest regret is waiting a year to begin taking the classes outside of my initial major that made me realize what I really wanted to do.

I plan to transfer into the McCombs School of Business to major in finance. A business degree, especially from UT is perhaps one of the most valuable degrees to have in the current job market. I also have a natural skill and interest in the economics and business classes I have taken so far. I am very interested in law school and plan to minor in government to further enhance my critical thinking and analysis skills.

Internships and Career Plans
This summer, I will be returning to my hometown of Arlington to work as an intern at a corporate law firm.

After graduation, I hope to continue my education by attending law school and possibly earning my MBA. I hope to focus on corporate law, but at the moment I prefer to keep my options open.

Most Rewarding Class
Intro to Ancient Rome. It wasn’t incredibly relevant to a business degree, but I credit that class and professor with teaching me how to truly engage in a class and think critically.

Favorite Study Spot: The Butler School of Music’s green couches

How to be a Successful Student at UT
You have to learn to adapt to the situation. My goals and aspirations have drastically changed nearly every semester due to situations that were entirely out of my control. You can’t let these problems overwhelm you or defeat you.

Student Organizations
Silver Spurs, Longhorn Band, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Gamma Beta Phi

UGS Experience and Advice for Undecided Students
I have certainly gotten some valuable advising from the School of Undergraduate Studies that has put me on the path to the right major.

My advice to undecided students is keep your options open and take some classes that you may not otherwise take. Those will be some of the most enjoyable classes you’ll take. If you have a major in mind be sure to complete all necessary prerequisites and requirements as quickly as possible even if it means taking summer school courses. If you work hard, you’ll be rewarded in the end.