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Vanessa M. Sanchez ’23

Harlingen, TX

Student Letter

Hello! My name is Vanessa M. Sanchez, and I was raised with the goal of pursuing higher education. I decided to become a history major after being immersed in several historical reference books and inspired by social studies teachers who gave me greater insight into the world around me.

I was honored to receive the Sandra Cisneros Service to the Community Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded to students who are committed to enhancing the lives of those in their community through volunteering. It’s given me the opportunity to devote more time to my studies with less financial worries.

At UTSA, I have been involved with VOICES, a student volunteer organization dedicated to serving local communities through service projects. Through VOICES, I participated in Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans, Louisiana. We learned about the effects of Hurricane Katrina and helped those who were homeless and food insecure. Currently, I’m fortunate to co-lead one of these experiences, with a focus on racial equity. I’m excited to see how we can still educate ourselves and give back in this online world.

UTSA offers scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and other opportunities to help students pursue nearly any interest they may have. The university also has staff and faculty that are there to help guide students through the process. Being a part of Roadrunner Nation has presented me with the freedom to go after my goals in education and in life. My advice to Future Roadrunners is to get involved in clubs on campus and try something new because that is what allows you to grow.

Go ‘Runners!
Vanessa M. Sanchez