Evelyn Villafranco ’18
Coming from a small town in Texas and being an only child, the thought of attending a university hours away from home was frightening. I still remember the stress and anxiety I felt as I applied to college. Thankfully, I had supportive counselors in high school to guide me through the process. They were just as amazing as the advisors I’ve come to know here at UTSA.
From the start, UTSA felt like home. Orientation had a big impact in my first-year experience. Not only did I meet friends while exploring the beautiful campus, but I was able to picture myself succeeding for the next few years in this environment. As the years have gone by, I’ve come to meet wonderful people through clubs and organizations such as the Bilingual Education Student Organization, For the Kids Dance Marathon, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. With such a diverse university filled with students who have the same goal as me—to succeed—I knew I had picked the right school.
The students and staff at UTSA have been more than welcoming. You can feel that they genuinely care about helping you achieve your goals. As a current Peer Coach at the UTSA Libraries, I’ve been able to give back to this wonderful university by helping students with research, finding books, and much more. As a future educator, it feels great to be able to lend a helping hand to other students who are going through the same experience as I am.
As a junior now, the most important advice I can give you is to never stop striving for your goals and NEVER be afraid to ask for help, especially here at UTSA.
And always… Go ‘Runners!