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Our Experiences

As a child of humble beginnings, my parents instilled in me the notion that education was the way out of poverty. This university has given me the opportunity to accomplish my dreams and improve my lot in life. I plan to utilize the knowledge that I gained, throughout the course of the doctoral program, to improve the educational experiences for our local students.”  
 

Cynthia Lopez
Brownsville
Doctor of Education,

Curriculum and Instruction-Specialization: Educational Leadership

 
 
 
I honestly love UTB. My heart has been here ever since I started the dual enrollment program in 2005. I love the atmosphere and the caring professors the most. Dr. Lionel Cavazos has significantly helped me to expand my realm of thought and has made a huge impact on my life. He was not only my professor during my Master's degree, but he was also my advisor, mentor, counselor, and role model. ”  
 

Michelle Cavazos
Harlingen, Masters of Education in Counseling

 
 
 
This commencement metaphorically represents the highest pinnacle I have so far conquered. Being the eldest son of migrant farmworkers, this life has been riddled with challenges both physical and emotional, but never mental. UTB is one of the keystones of my foundation so that I can live life with intensity and have a passion for excellence ” 
 

Servando Velasquez
College of Education
Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance

 
 
 
Obstacles are only challenges where once again you prove to yourself that anything is possible with determination and believing in yourself. UTB has once again been a part of my success story from receiving an Associates in General Arts, Bachelor's in Bilingual Education, and now Masters in Education Leadership. Thank you, UTB. ” 
 

Enedina Sanchez
San Benito
College of Education
Masters of Education in Educational Leadership

 
 
 
Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez challenged me in his course and I now know I can pursue a PhD because of him and Dr. Rene Corbeil was patient, challenging, and ignited my desire to become an online professor.” 
 

Sarah Pettus
College of Education
Masters of Education in Educational Technology

 
 
 
While pursuing in my education, I had to overcome and deal with my health issue of my epilepsy disorder (Seizure Disorder). I dealt with school, family, and my disorder every day for I never knew when I would have one. I had to maintain a positive attitude and not let my disorder hold me back from receiving my bachelors in what I have always dreamed of having. I took one day at a time and hoped for the best.” 
 

Nancy Hernandez
Los Fresnos
College of Education
Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance (EC-12th Grade Teaching)

 
 
 
UTB has a plethora of fabulous professors that have impacted my life, many of whom are from the UTB music department. Even though I might not be a music major, UTB music has a special place in my heart. I was challenged mentally by the professors. They taught me so many life lessons like practice makes almost perfect, do everything with passion, always look and act professional, you're representing UTB everywhere you go, and remember where you came from. Always follow your heart and do everything with passion. You're going to college to not only learn but grow.” 
 

Bertha Williams
Brownsville
College of Education
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Early Childhood through 6th Grade Bilingual Generalist)

 
 
 
The main obstacle primarily was trying to balance family, work, and education. Finding the time to study, and to complete assignments was difficult at times. However, I had a strong desire to succeed and my biggest motivation to keep going was my family. I feel that the entire faculty and staff at UTB challenged me in so many ways, and they served as true mentors for me throughout the program. There were times, in fact, that I was not sure I would finish my degree and became discouraged. However, it was the encouragement of all my professors and peers that helped keep me motivated.”  
 

Sylvia Chelf
Brownsville
Masters of Education (Counseling & Guidance)

 
 
 
I am very excited, at the age of 35, to finally get my college diploma. I am also very privileged to share this event with my husband and three children. Hopefully, they will see me walk down that aisle and want more for themselves.” 
 

Alethea Garcia
Santa Rosa
College of Education
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Generalist/Special Education

 
 
 
“Commencement must be one of the most important milestones of my life so far. I'm very proud to have gotten this far but most importantly I’m glad I get to share the moment with my mom, who without her I wouldn't have been able to make it. I delivered my first born daughter during my stay at the University of Texas at Brownsville. There were a lot of days I wanted to take some time off but I kept my mind focused and continued my education”.  
 
Heidi Silva
Bachelor of Education, EC-6th Bilingual Generalist
College of Education
 
 
 
“I believe Dr. Alma Rodriguez has helped challenge not just me but my classmates as well. She is striving to help us become better teachers for the children in our community.”.  
 

Natalie Cavazos
Brownsville
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies –
Education and Educational Technology. BAAS

 
 
 
“Always challenge yourself to go beyond what you think your limits may be because you really can succeed beyond what you think is possible. Also, never be afraid to fail because failure is simply an opportunity to learn and experience life; never let fear stop you from living your life to the fullest.” 
 

Michael Aldape
Brownsville
Masters of Arts in History

 
 
 
Dr. Constance Lee Hayes and Dr. Eloisa Tamez, two wonderful ladies, challenged me to expand my knowledge and critical thinking beyond what I was taught in my nursing program. They are excellent role models, strong, smart, and kind ladies.” 
 

Monica Lopez
San Antonio
Master of Science in Nursing Administration

 
 
 
The moments that stand out the most were when I decided to work at the Office of Student Engagement. Not only did the job help me gain experience in the field, but it helped me grow as a student and as an individual. Many experiences I had on the job have helped me grow and become a better leader. Working as a student employee, I had to learn to manage my time wisely.” 
 

Rubi Hernandez
Brownsville
Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting & Marketing)

 
 
 
Time management is key. Communication with professors is a must! Network and build friendships along the way.” 
 

Claudia Torres
Brownsville
School of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing

 
 
 
Many financial issues and English not being my first language made it a great achievement. Never miss a class, pay attention to deadlines, check the current campus announcements, and read the Collegian for past and future events."
 

Grecia Rangel
Brownsville
School of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business

 
 
It is a milestone in my life, as well as my family, since I am going to be the first one to graduate from college. It makes me feel proud of all the hard work and it seems like it is all worth it. After all this time and work, I finally made it.”  
 

Alejandra Ortiz
Brownsville
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting

 
 
The language barrier at the beginning and all the other obstacles that life has thrown at me, I overcame. I overcame the obstacles of the unknown, not knowing what to expect, and how to react to certain situations. The cultural shock was also something I had to overcome in this difficult road to my success.
 

Dalayne De la Rosa
Brownsville
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Translation and Interpreting

 
Stay focus throughout the years and it will pay off at the end. Time will fly! Good luck on a new amazing journey.” 
 

Jessica Villarreal
San Benito
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

 
 
 
It has been a wonderful learning experience and I have been pleased. I had some great teachers. On my first day, my daughter and a friend helped walk me to my first class since I am older. Now I look back and laugh.” 
 

Virginia White
Brownsville
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

 
 
 
Sometimes studying in English, which is my second language, was really challenging. Maybe try and be more concerned about your future from the beginning. Sometimes when we are young, we really don't realize that university is a major step in our lives. This step must be taken carefully and with effort from the beginning.” 
 

Thelma Saldivar
Brownsville
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Psychology

 

 
 
Without a doubt, I can say with absolute certainty that Dr. Provenzano (cellular biology) and Dr. Mar (biochemistry) were the most challenging courses and were personally extremely interesting to me. These professors will always remind me that to really master a subject of interest you have to understand its mechanism and not just study to remember.” 
 

Roscoe Rodriguez
Brownsville
CSMT
Bachelor of Science in Biology

 
 
 
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