Majors: Political Science
Tips for success within your major and college: "Learn how you study best! Try different methods (like time-blocking), different times of day, different spaces! Explore campus, there are TONS of study spots and places to hang out. My personal favorites are the environ building and the art building. For this major, I would recommend learning to time manage. Be prepared to read! Finally, remember not to beat yourself up for learning and trying, that's what we're here for!"
What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "College can and will be overwhelming. We're trying to learn and balance a LOT. It won't always be easy but there are always resources to help you. Don't be shy to explore and learn what you need and what's best for you even if that means making a hard decision."
A campus office or service I recommend: "UNTWell and Mentoring services."
Career goals: "To help as many people as I can by fighting in the criminal justice system and providing a community of care and respect. For now, I hope to work my way in a public defender's office!"
Hobbies: "Cooking, playing classical guitar, singing, exploring the area with friends."
Major: Political Science
Tips for success within your major and college: "I recommend always building strong relationships with your professors. They are experts in their fields with years of experience and wisdom to share. If you want to get the most out of the learning experience, take advantage of office hours and class discussions to ask questions, seek advice, and express gratitude for the effort they put into the class. In Political Science specifically, I recommend keeping up-to-date with what is going on in the world. There are many reputable and dependable news sources that make easily accessible podcasts that you can listen to while walking on campus or eating in the cafeterias. Having a broad and knowledgeable understanding of current events will enable you to envision how the things you are learning in your classes apply in the real world. It will also give you a head start when researching and crafting your own ideas and solutions to political issues."
What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "As a freshman, it was easy to let stress control my life. I wanted so much to do well that I forgot to enjoy the learning process. The professors at UNT sincerely want the best for the students and they will support us. There are so many academic opportunities that provide all the tools we need for success. Being at UNT has taught me how incredibly blessed I am to have the opportunity of higher education, to broaden my mindset, and to learn from the experiences of others. I wish I had taken more opportunities to appreciate what a gift it is to learn. I also wish I had known that college is a place to try new things and pursue new interests. Some of my favorite classes or extra-curricular activities have been ones I would never have imagined myself taking my freshman year."
A campus office or service I recommend: "Utilize academic advising, especially when you have multiple majors or minors. Even if you think you have your schedule figured out, it is always beneficial to have an academic advisor look over it. They may find alternative paths or classes that you enjoy more and can ensure that you are on the fastest track to get your degree. I see each of my advisors every semester at least three weeks before registration opens and it has helped me immensely."
Career goals: "My goal is to attend law school and then pursue a career in international law and foreign affairs. I would love to work for the United Nations or State Department to formulate diplomatic solutions to global issues."
Hobbies: "When I am not studying, I love practicing photography and photo editing. I also enjoy playing piano and reading a good novel."