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Meet UGS Students

Samuel Hagan
Major: Government, Spanish, & Portuguese
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for New York Life Insurance Company as an agent. I educate young professionals and families on how to build strong, protected financial foundations.

Location: Austin, TX

“My interdisciplinary education with the BDP was crucial in teaching me to expand my horizons as far as they could be imagined.”
Ashley Rivera
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Ashley Rivera, who completed her BDP certificate in Media, Culture & Identities in fall 2015, spent the summer of 2015 on the coast of Nicaragua where she conducted ethnographic research on the Garifuna people. Her research explored the unique culture and identity of a black indigenous population within the broader Mestizo population of Nicaragua.

“Through this Connecting Experience I learned about these peoples’ histories, lives, and experiences as well as how to conduct research.”
Alicia Chopite
Major: Economics
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a PLUS peer coordinator, Alicia works with facilitators and professors to promote academic success.

"UT has a surprising number of resources ready and waiting to help you succeed - you just have to utilize them."
Maria Benson
Major: Neurobiology
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Maria, a PLUS peer coordinator, facilitates valuable student/professor connections while leading study group sessions.

"I was so proud to see all of my facilitators engaging with me and our professor, testing the limits of our understanding, and appreciating the value of the course material."
Katlyn Hedgpeth
Major: Mathematics, Neuroscience, Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a peer academic coach, Katlyn motivates students by teaching study skills and relating to their struggles.

"Nothing will be certain, but that's what makes college so exciting. If you change your major, that's more than okay."
Fin Gao
Major: Biochemistry
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

As a PLUS Peer Coordinator, Fin helps new facilitators lead effective study groups.

"When everyone started contributing their ideas, the intimidating problems no longer looked frightening. It made us realize how strong we could be as a group."
Ana Mancera
Major: International Relations and Global Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Ana works as an office assistant in the Sanger Learning Center. She directs UT students to the resources they need to succeed.

"I find it very rewarding when students come in to the office worried or nervous and leave after their session feeling confident and positive!"
Mariette Peltier
Major: Business Honors, Supply Chain Management, Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a tutor in the Sanger Learning Center, Mariette helps UT students master concepts and understand coursework.

"It's inspiring to see how much effort students put forth, and I feel so privileged to be a part of that learning process!"
Bryan Félix
Major: Applied Mathematics
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

While assisting many students as an academic tutor in the Sanger Learning Center, Bryan found he has also grown as a student.

"One can expect to get a deeper understanding from the courses while tutoring students, but I don't think we expect such personal growth as tutors."
Joshua Villarreal
Major: Human Biology
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

As a tutor for the Sanger Learning Center, Joshua helps reinforce key concepts in students’ coursework.

"The ability to communicate and collaborate with my peers has been immensely rewarding."