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Elena Luna

Elena Luna
Major:
Health Promotion
Graduation Year:
Spring 2015
"For me, it was a hard transition from high school to college but I feel that my experience in UGS gave me a broader spectrum of what to expect from UT. In the end, I feel like I had an advantage and more time to figure out what I wanted to do with my major in comparison to my friend group."

Finding a Major
Honestly, I was a little nervous about starting with UGS because all of my friends had already declared their majors and I felt like I was waiting in limbo. For me, it was a hard transition from high school to college but I feel that my experience in UGS gave me a broader spectrum of what to expect from UT. In the end, I feel like I had an advantage and more time to figure out what I wanted to do with my major in comparison to my friend group.

I found my major, health promotion, via the recommendation of my advisor. I was in an awkward transition from wanting to be a nurse to wanting to become a physician. I was also really interested in exercise and health; health promotion encompasses all of those things.

Majoring in Health Promotion
What interests me most about health promotion is learning how much of an impact you can have on other people’s lives. Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” When I declared health promotion as my major, I had just lost 70 pounds and I felt that I needed a degree that would reflect my passion for health; health promotion gave me that opportunity. My major, along with my specialization in health science, is a wonderful combination of science classes and research classes.

By our senior year we take all of our knowledge and create an intervention on a specific target population. That was the difficult part because every part of the intervention builds on itself. The most rewarding part is being in a major that I’m excited and eager to learn more about as well as share it with you all.

Extracurricular Activities
I have over one hundred volunteer hours at St. David’s Medical Center. I was a part of Sigma Phi Lambda and I was employed by a family to help out with their special needs son.

After UT
After graduation, I’m taking a year off to work, travel, and gain some research experience. Next fall I will attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center and work towards earning my master’s degree in public health. Following grad school, I would like to attend medical school.

Advice for Other Students
Don’t focus so much on your GPA. Yes, it is important to take your studies seriously but it also is important to be well-rounded. Volunteering, work experience, or shadowing will provide you with an opportunity to gain more experience in the field that you are going into and also make the decision process about what you would like to do in the future more easy. My last piece of advice is to have fun. Austin is a wonderful city so take advantage of it.