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Ryan Simmons

Ryan Simmons
Major: 
Undeclared

Ryan’s stellar academic performance has earned him the title of College Scholar. Ryan initially planed to major in electrical engineering. While enrolled in Undergraduate Studies, he discovered passions for finance and accounting.

“Be confident in your abilities, but never be afraid to realize you may be wrong or need help. You have to be realistic about the situations you find yourself in.”

Finding a Major
I just applied to the McCombs School of Business and plan to major in either finance or accounting (possibly the MPA program). It was an extensive process that involved weighing personal interests with the job prospects of various degrees, progress toward degrees already attained, and other factors. I used the career counseling center as well.

It was difficult transitioning from being a “big fish in a small pond” to being what felt like a guppy in an ocean. At UT you’re constantly surrounded by people who are very intelligent, have many interests, and at least have the appearance of knowing where they’re going. It can be (and was) pretty intimidating. To combat this, I took courses early on that I knew played to my strengths.

Career Plans
I plan on doing something that I can feel good about, makes me happy, and enables me to reach my goals pay forward the help I’ve received, and earn a living.

Most Rewarding Class
I gained a lot from taking The Black Power Movement with Professor Leonard Moore and Interpersonal Communication Theory with Professor John Daly. I think both have really improved my thinking processes and moved me closer to my personal goals.

How to be a Successful Student at UT
Be confident in your abilities, but never be afraid to realize you may be wrong or need help. You have to be realistic about the situations you find yourself in.

UGS Experience and Advice for Undecided Students
Being grouped with people who are experiencing similar things to yourself is helpful. Taking classes with a wide range of content is helpful in expanding your mind.

Use your resources whatever they may be. At the risk of sounding cliche, don’t be afraid to listen to yourself about what you’re really interested in.