It always astonishes me how willing EPPS faculty are to help and talk to students.
Hometown: Bucaramanga, Colombia (and The Woodlands, Texas)
Major: BS and MS in International Political Economy
Expected Graduation Date: 2019
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- International Political Econ Student Association (IPESA)
- UTD College Democrats
- Student Research Assistant
- Nominee for the EPPS Student Dean’s Council
My EPPS Success
Honestly, the most important thing is to find what really draws your interest on a genuine level. Not every single class you take is going to speak to you on that level, but it’s a good goal to keep in mind. It’s easy to fall into a routine that’s just going through the motions when this is the best possible time to experiment and find that interest. Find your drive; and talk to your professors. It always astonishes me how willing EPPS faculty are to help and talk to students. We’re all people, after all, and it’s not a scary thing to ask away.
Plans for the Future
A little further into my masters I want to reach out and work for an NGO for a few years, while I can call myself young. I’m really enjoying the academic research environment, deadlines and all, so continuing there and contributing to the field – even a little one—seems like a worthwhile goal. I never considered myself an “academia academic” before but I have to admit, it’s growing on me!
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
Well, I think coming in you absolutely must schedule effectively. Make a friend or acquaintance a year ahead and ask them. I know it’s tempting to schedule core requirements all in one or two semesters to knock them out — don’t do that. Trust me. Avoid burnout and take those classes in fields that sound interesting to you! Think about why you picked EPPS and find that class, find that researcher, bug them and take classes. Grow, and be prepared. It’s easy to excel when you have the drive.
Oh, goodness, who studies international politics without saying they love to travel? I also enjoy (attempting) cooking, a good read, board game nights with my friends and family. The best laughter I’ve ever had is over a bottle of wine and a bad movie on Netflix with friends and my fiancé, and who doesn’t like laughing? I would say running as well, but the enjoyment on that one ebbs and flows with the weather.