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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.

Danny Xu
Undeclared

Danny’s outstanding academic record has earned him the title of Distinguished Scholar. Danny entered UT wanting to study chemical engineering. After exploring his interests, he now plans to major in pre-med biochemistry...

“Be open about new experiences—you might be able to find a life goal that was completely different than what you originally intended.”

Eric Bustos
Undeclared

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...

“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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Haley Edmondson