Wondering what it’s like at UT Dallas and EPPS? Check out what our student bloggers are saying.

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Sevval Aydogan

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Major: Economics

Hello everyone! I was born and lived majority of my life in Istanbul, Turkey. I live in Plano and graduated from Plano Senior High School. Turkish is my native language, I can also speak in German, and started learning Spanish and American Sign Language. Playing piano, traveling, reading (especially dystopias and George Orwell is my favorite author) and visiting art galleries (especially to see Frida Kahlo’s and Rene Magritte’s artworks) are my favorite activities. I love volunteering, I try to go to North Texas Food Bank as much as I can. I am also a member of Unicef at UTD. I adore people who are open-minded and productive and in college it’s my goal to be one of those people. Whoosh!

Jean-Louise Cook

Hometown: Angel Fire, NM
Major: Criminology

Hi! My name is Jean Cook and I’m a freshman Criminology major! If I wasn’t studying criminology, there is no doubt in my mind that I would be studying film. I hope what I write here helps some people in some way! I hope you all enjoy your time here at UTD! Peace out!

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Samin Mollik

Hometown: Calgary, Canada
Major: Economics

Today, in the shallow waters of my imprisoned self, mighty tides rise, in the joy of breaking down the doors! In the ecstasy of creation come forth smiles and tears, freedom and bondage, Words from deep within my heart, the joy of bitter pain. The pain of my empty heart comes today– in the ecstasy of creation!” ~ Kazi Nazrul Islam

I put every ounce of my energy to walk a new path in a world dreary with familiarity. But it is a tiresome task. I plead you to join me. We can push each other forward.

Amy Nguyen

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Political Science

Hello! I am Amy Nguyen, a political science major who has an undying love for learning. When I am not studying for school, I love learning foreign languages, traveling around the world, exploring my passion for food, mentoring my peers, and volunteering in the community. I intend to continue not only impacting the world as a whole but also the world of each and every person I meet.

Ahana Samat

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Major: Economics

Hello everyone! My name is Ahana and I am a Sophomore Economics major at UTD. I am an avid reader who loves to write. In my free time you can also find me volunteering, doing at-home workouts, or watching cute videos of dogs. I believe stories play an important role in connecting people. I hope that some of what I write resonates with you!

Brennan Stout

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major: Geospatial Information Sciences

Hello all, I’m Brennan Stout, a freshman studying GIS, or Geospatial Information Sciences basically maps and computers. I hail from Houston, but am originally from North Carolina. As for my interests, simply put I’m a nerd. Video games, D&D, and lots of books you name it. I am an active member of both the UTD Tabletop and Philosophy clubs. Writing is something I enjoy, and if it helps a few of you avoid the potholes I feel in read away. And with that I bid you adieu.

Alejandra Giron Vives

Hometown: Mesquite, Texas
Major: Public Affairs

Heyo! My name’s Alé, and I am currently a freshman here at UTD studying Public Affairs. In my free time I enjoy making playlists with a variety of music genres for me and all my buds. I also love to make earrings and crochet. I hope that some of the personal experiences that I share here can help those who need that extra push to get the proper help they need to achieve great things. Catch you on the flip side!

Camila Santos

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Major: Political Science

Growing up in Southern Alabama and frequent moving amidst my formative years has undoubtedly had a major impact on who I am today; within me, I carry a piece of every person that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Despite the places I call “home” constantly changing, my childhood love for writing and reading remains steadfast. I hope to one day pursue a career in public service law but in the meantime, I’m enjoying getting to explore all my interests in college.