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Click on any student to learn more about his or her School of Undergraduate Studies experience.

Jene Shepard
Government
English

Jene has worked as a Peer Academic Coach at the Sanger Learning Center since fall 2011. In that time, she has helped countless students gain important study skills necessary to succeed in their classes.

“My most rewarding experiences as a peer academic coach are when I hear how students’ grades have improved because of the work that we have done together.”

Dillon Gu
Computer Science

Dillon Gu, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student produced an animated short entitled “A Knight to Bear Arms” for his creative project requirement.

“I must say that working with a mentor as incredible as Ben Bays has been like nothing else I’ve done. Hearing his opinions, ideas, and criticisms helped me learn a lot, not just about this project, but also about digital art as a whole.”

Shayna Goldblatt
Plan II

Ethics & Leadership BDP student Shayna Goldblatt studied how sports can be used as a vehicle for grassroots peace-building and reconciliation. Using the Barkai Center for Education, Coexistence and Soccer in Israel as a case study...

“My project took a non-traditional focus in the sense that it is more common to use diplomacy and funding to try to solve a problem, and not a game… Sometimes the most effective leadership decisions involve innovation and unprecedented creativity.”

Jordan Metoyer
Economics & Urban Studies
Government, African & African Diaspora Studies, & Communication Studies

Jordan Metoyer is a senior economics and urban studies double major. She is pursuing two BDP certificates, one in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits and the other in ...

“Each day presented a new opportunity to connect my projects to my experience in community activism, academic foundation in urban theory, professional curiosity in non-profit public interest advocacy, and personal interest in sustainable community development.”

Daniella Lewis
Architecture

As an Environment BDP student, Daniella researched and planned the implementation of UT’s first micro farm, a continuation of the UT Community Garden project. Her research consisted of covering all bases to make the...

“This connecting experience has profoundly shaped both my university experience and my future plans beyond graduation. I discovered and have started to explore my passion for food, society, and the environment.”

Zavier Wingham
International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies
Persian/Middle Eastern Studies

As an outreach assistant, Zavier gives students the tools they need to be academically successful by leading workshops on study strategies and time management.

“When you really view your time as precious and something that should not be wasted, college becomes easier.”