Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
I have been volunteering with a non-profit organization in Haiti since I graduated from UT. I serve as a special education teacher assistant within the orphanage and school that the organization runs. I really enjoy teaching and intend to pursue my teacher’s certification when I return to Texas.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
My BDP experience allowed me to further explore my interests and helped me determine which career path I want to take. I was drawn to the non-profit industry, but through my BDP I gained a deeper understanding about the many different types of non-profits, how these organizations function, and their role in society. The coursework and Connecting Experiences helped me narrow my interests and find the career path that I was most passionate about.
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
An interdisciplinary education taught me to think from different perspectives. Volunteering in a developing country requires me to have a completely new mental framework for going about my day compared to what I used to do. When learning about a new culture, there are so many different aspects to consider to better understand a place and people—history, geography, economy, and government, are a few examples. A world that is only seen from the eyes of one discipline is not fully seen.