Major: Government and Plan II
What has your undergrad experience looked like?
Much like anyone's undergraduate experience, mine has had a lot of ups and downs over the past four years. I've been through some of the worst moments of my life at UT in terms of mental health, relationships, and friendships but I've also met many of my favorite people that are going to be lifelong friends, been connected to amazing internship opportunities, studied abroad, discovered my true passions and skills, learned about injustices going on in our own communities and around the world, and met some of my idols like Wendy Davis and Gloria Steinem. I've also learned a ridiculous amount about myself and definitely feel like a better, healthier, and stronger version of myself because of my time at UT.
What was your favorite class at UT?
My sophomore year, I took a class called South Asian Migration to the United States. That was my first introduction to Asian American Studies in any sort of academic setting. It was a really incredible experience to learn about people who look like me and have the life experiences of me and my family, which isn't typical in the classroom for people of color. This course influenced the thesis I'm currently writing, gave me a new appreciation for my parents and other immigrants, and brought me two of my closest friends.
What organizations did you join and stick with? Why?
The two organizations I stuck with in college are GirlAdvocates! and the Liberal Arts Council. I joined LAC because I wanted to give back to a university that has given me so many opportunities, and I knew I had ideas on how to bring those same opportunities to other students in the College of Liberal Arts. I'm a member of the Academic Affairs committee, and I love all the work we do to uplift COLA courses, research, and study abroad. The people I've met in LAC are super fun and inspiring in every way - I've learned so much about what I want to pursue in the future and the kind of person I want to be because of them. I joined GA! because of the community service and female empowerment opportunities, and I decided to stay in it because of the community of women I've found and because I believe I could be a part of expanding our outreach and initiatives.
Are you excited and/or ready to graduate?
Heck yeah, I'm super ready to graduate!! That's not to say I'm not enjoying myself or not going to miss UT, but I think I've gotten all that I can from UT classes, internships, and interactions and I'm ready to apply that knowledge to the real world. It's all slightly terrifying but I'm excited to see what I can learn outside of the 40 Acres.
What are you planning on pursuing after graduation?
After graduation I'm going to be a Business Analyst at Capital One in Dallas, TX. I want to work for a few years before going to either law school or to pursue a masters degree to achieve my ultimate goal of working in policy and advocacy.
This week's member spotlight is on Tanvi! She is a new member this semester and is also our recently inducted Programs Development Chair!
Hometown: Abilene, TX
Major: Business Honors
What are 3 things on your Freshman Year bucket list?
"I want to explore more of Austin by trying more food trucks and local food places. I also really want to find more places to hike!"
What has been your favorite class in college so far?
"Last semester, I took an advertising class with Professor Bunting. Every week, we'd have a speaker come to talk to us about their careers. It was definitely a highlight because they were all so interesting to listen to and learn about."
What has been your favorite college experience thus far?
"Definitely meeting new people. I barely knew anyone at UT when I got here and it's been great to meet so many different people with different backgrounds and interests. I am still meeting new people and am so excited!"
How has being a member of GA! helped you?
"GA! was one of the first organizations I joined in college. It allowed me to meet new people and find a fun place to be every two weeks! Through the organization, I am also able to pursue my passion of empowering women."
Why do you think people should join GA!?
"Being a member of GA! allows you to meet so many incredible and passionate people. You are able to give back to the community through a variety of philanthropic events. And, you'll become part of a movement to empower women while finding a new home at UT!"