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Shakeel Makhani

Finding A Major
When I first arrived at UT, I was unsure of which major I was going to declare. UGS assisted me by giving me the opportunity to explore my options. I have decided that I’m going to apply to the McCombs School of Business this spring and declare a major in Finance in the fall of 2014. The decision was a little difficult since there are so many great options at UT, but finance is my strongest interest.

A road bump I encountered while exploring majors at UT was having all the requirements to apply for the McCombs School of Business. Last year, I decided that I wanted to apply to the business school but later found out I was lacking a few requirements. Therefore, I planned to stay in UGS another year and knock out the requirements needed to apply to the business school. I met with my advisor and she helped me set up a course schedule that would keep me on track and prepared me to apply to the business school.

Internships and Career Plans
I recently interned for State Representative Lon Burnam this past winter break and last summer I was Business Development Intern for S-Plus Technologies.

I hope to graduate and work for a well-respected financial firm to gain experience and skills that I could use to one day start my own business. My dream is to be an entrepreneur as well as an investor in multiple businesses to gain insight and perspective on different aspects of business.

Most Rewarding Class
The most rewarding class that I have taken at UT would probably have to be professor Mark Bunting’s Technology Marketing & Advertising class. His passion to teach and make a difference in the lives of UT students was amazing. Every week, not only did he give us advice on life and career development, he brought in guest speakers that were leaders in their industry to discuss real life business struggles and successes they had. The only thing I disliked about the class was that it was only once a week!

Favorite Study Spot: Perry-Castañeda Library

How to be a Successful Student at UT
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.

Student Organizations
I’m currently in the process of starting my own organization for the fall semester of 2014. It will be a business organization that will focus on networking and career development.

UGS Experience and Advice for Undecided Students
The School of Undergraduate Studies affected my college experience by giving me a strong foundation during my first couple years at UT. Adapting to such a different environment and being a part of such a large institution, it’s easy to lose focus on your goals. Being in UGS has allowed me to have a solid transition into a different setting. My academic advisor also played a great part in my success in UGS.

My advice to UGS students is that you don’t need to rush and make choices on your major as soon as you enter college. College is a time to explore your interests and find your passion. Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, go for it. Even if you face multiple setbacks, don’t give up or lose hope. Don’t forget to have fun with the whole process, you only have 4 years here!