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Brittany GarciaBrittany Garcia ’19

Public Health
Pharr, TX

Student Spotlight

Hi! I’m Brittany Garcia, a first-generation student studying public health, and I absolutely love being a Roadrunner! After graduating in 2015 from South Texas High School for Health Professions, I excitedly came to UTSA with the mindset of wanting to help others. I’ve always known that I wanted to change the world, and what better way to do that than by studying public health!

There are so many reasons to love UTSA, but my favorite is the kind of people you encounter here. People at UTSA genuinely care about others and are so passionate when it comes to helping those in need. With the time that I have left here at UTSA, I hope to help push more students to get involved with service projects both locally and globally.

This past spring break, I was able to travel to India and visit the orphanages and schools there. For about five months leading up to the trip, we collected donations like school supplies, backpacks and toys for the children there. When we finally arrived, it was absolutely priceless to see the looks on those little ones’ faces after spending time with them and giving gifts.

Last summer, I was given the opportunity to also travel to Cusco, Peru and volunteer at some of their medical clinics. The sick and injured expressed so much gratitude for me being there—it was such a humbling and rewarding experience. That’s when I truly fell in love with my public health major.

I challenge you to dream big and to passionately throw yourself into your area of study. My advice is to fall in love with your major and find a way to help others through what you’re learning. Get your feet wet in the knowledge your soon-to-be professors will give you, dive into it and splash the world with your mark. Roadrunners aren’t afraid to change the planet both passionately and permanently.

Go ‘Runners!
Brittany Garcia