Areeb SiddiquiJanuary 16, 2019
EPPS professors have continuously helped me adjust and perfect my career trajectory.
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Major: BA in Political Science, BS in Economics
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- Member of McDermott Scholars Program and Hobson Wildenthal Honors College
- Secretary of Student Government
- President of No Labels
- Dean’s List
- Member of Moot Court team
- Member of Mediation team
- Staff Secretariat member for Model UN team
Deciding on My Majors
I always knew that I wanted to be a political science major. I consider myself to be politically active, having been an avid follower of political discourse since the 2012 election. However, I have always had a desire to understand the economic institutions that allow poverty and wealth inequality ubiquitous across our country to continue. As a result, I recently decided to add economics to better understand the synergy between the political and economic systems and their combined effect on the average citizen.
My EPPS Success
Trying anything and everything, and putting my best effort into anything I do. I didn’t know anything about the law before I came to UT Dallas. I didn’t even know I wanted to be a lawyer. But I jumped out of my comfort zone and tried things I wouldn’t have normally done: Mock Trial, Mediation, interning for a law firm. I put a lot of time into these things and it has paid off!
Plans for the Future
After graduation, I plan to go to law school. I aspire to be a lawyer working in public service, advocating for those who are victims of systemic inequality. At a certain point, I may want to transition to a full-time public service career.
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
I highly suggest asking one of your professors to lunch and getting to know them and their work better. EPPS professors have continuously helped me adjust and perfect my career trajectory. Moreover, if you find anything that seems slightly interesting on campus, join it! Try to pinpoint a few organizations you enjoy the most and put your time into them. Eventually, you could be a leader in the organization, and leave your own legacy at UT Dallas.
I love to go out with my friends and explore interesting aspects of the city I live in, whether it’s new restaurants or art events. I also enjoy playing soccer and badminton.