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Student Success

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.

Shakeel Makhani

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.”

Adria Fernandez

Adria’s hard work and academic achievements earned her the title of College Scholar. Adria initially wanted to study engineering, but through UGS she explored her options and discovered a...

“Be open to take different courses and get involved in different organizations. There is something out there for you, and sometimes it is what you least expect.”

Thomas "Trey" Grothouse

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.”

Eric Bustos

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.”

Haley Edmondson

Haley’s hard work and academic achievements have earned her the title of College Scholar. Haley entered UT as a geology major, but transferred to UGS where she explored her options and...

“Work hard but relax. Grades are not everything, and it is more important to find what you love and do it. Do everything with excellence.”

Ryan Simmons

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.”

Danny Xu

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.”