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Students across Undergraduate Studies programs are exploring new interests, gaining experience through research and internships, and taking leadership roles across the Forty Acres. Click on any student to learn more about his or her School of Undergraduate Studies experience.

Jordan Pickett
Undeclared

Jordan’s outstanding academic record has earned him the title of College Scholar. Jordan entered UT as an undeclared student in UGS, and, after exploring his interests, now hopes to major in...

“My advice for UGS students is to be proud that you want to find your way first. Not everyone has to know where they want to be 10 years from now, yet. With that said, don’t wait to explore. Start finding your way as soon as you get to college so you can get all the benefits of UGS.”

Ryan Simmons
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...

“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.”

Sachin Chandiramani
Undeclared

When Sachin got to UT he wanted to major in finance but after taking calculus classes he discovered his true passion lies in actuarial science. Sachin would like to work in either the insurance or consulting industries. He has focused on maintaining a good GPA and it...

“It is scary being undeclared because that thought of not getting into your major will always be there. However, being in UGS has allowed me to really think about what I like and don’t like and has opened me up to different areas of study that I wouldn’t have considered if I was already in my major”.

Shakeel Makhani
Undeclared

Shakeel’s outstanding academic record has earned him the title of College Scholar. Shakeel entered UT as an undeclared student in UGS, and, after exploring his interests, now plans to major in...

“Hard work and determination are all that it takes to be successful in whatever you do. Don’t let a minor setback in your academic career hold you from doing what you want. If you set your mind to something, the possibilities are endless.”

Thomas "Trey" Grothouse
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...

“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.”

Tobi Forsthuber
Undeclared

Tobi has been interested in business and entrepreneurship since he was a kid with a lemonade stand. Now, after taking a variety of classes that have helped hone his abilities, he is confident he will be able to succeed whether he chooses to major in business or economics. Tobi hopes to own his...

“Enjoy however long you spend in UGS and explore all of your options. You may discover something you didn’t even know you loved. If you are trying to get into a major but it isn’t working out, don’t let that get to you. There is always another option out there for you.”

Valerie Finstad
Undeclared

Valerie’s outstanding academic record has earned her the title of College Scholar. Shakeel entered UT as an undeclared student in UGS to explore different fields. She now plans to major in biology,...

“Think a lot about multiple majors. Find a career where lifestyle, schooling, passion, and purpose all intersect and go after it ferociously.”