This may sound a little strange, but I identify with chameleons and their ability to blend into any environment. Having gone to a different school from grades 5 through 9, it was a useful skill to have. However, once I got to high school, I was so stuck in my ways of constantly changing myself to adapt to my surroundings that I had forgotten what it meant to be myself. Moreover, I had fallen into a habit of feeling unconfident in using my own voice. Therefore, I joined a few organizations in high school where I felt like I would be able to reverse that habit. One of the organizations that I grew deeply attached to was DECA. It was there where I found myself having fun with public speaking and becoming a part of a community through which I found my passion for business. I used this newfound direction to apply for an internship with a national non-profit organization where I explored the collaboration of business and philanthropy as well as an independent study program where I delved into the intersection of business and technology. Ultimately, these experiences led to my interest in the Canfield Business Honors Program, where I aspire to keep expanding my knowledge in and affinity for business. Throughout high school, I also became involved with STEM education as a children’s STEM camp counselor, became an advocate for overlooked women’s health issues through a medical organization at my school, and volunteered my time and effort to help my local community. This fall, I look forward to stepping on to the Forty Acres and shedding the chameleon skin to embrace my new identity as a Longhorn. It invigorates me to know that upon entering UT I will have endless resources in close reach to achieve not only my academic goals, but to see myself becoming the best version of myself. I can’t wait to see what these next four years hold as I continue to learn, discover, and grow.
Business Honors; Finance
Canfield Business Honors Program
Other Academic Interests
Minor in Computer Science; Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas; Social Entrepreneurship
What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
Before Finalist Weekend, I looked at this program through a pretty unilateral lens. I wasn’t really sure what the community aspect was about; however, I was very attracted by the vast resources this program invests in its scholars. After Finalist Weekend and meeting a bunch of like-minded individuals, I realized that the community I would find here would be the most precious resource. All of the scholars and alumni were so kind, welcoming, and encouraging that it painted a beautiful picture for what the next four years could look like for me. It truly felt like I could make UT my home away from home after the weekend. And on the ride back home, I found myself unable to wait to come back. The moment I started daydreaming about my life within the program and at UT, I knew that I was hooked (pun intended)! I am so excited to spend the next four years with my cohort as we discover our unique paths and identities together.