Sandra Bustamante ’22
Center Point, TX
Meet Sandra Bustamante, a Public Administration major with a minor in Spanish who has a passion to serve the public and fight for criminal justice reform.
Sandra decided to attend UTSA because of the campus diversity, unique culture and the national recognition the university has received for both its Public Administration program and for being a Hispanic Serving Institution.
Sandra’s advice to Future Roadrunners is to thoroughly research the major they’re interested in and see what opportunities are available for that program. She believes Future Roadrunners should do some soul searching to find what motivates them and see what UTSA areas of study match their passion.
Sandra describes her Public Administration major as having courses that mix political theory with applied learning. She believes her classes have helped prepare her to work in different environments that range from nonprofit, public, private, and political. “The Public Administration department in particular is great at offering students different opportunities ranging from internships, conferences, and fellowships on an almost weekly basis.”
There are two professors that Sandra wants to recognize for continually going above and beyond for their students: Dr. Patricia Jaramillo and Gina Amatangelo. Both of these instructors have been hugely influential to Sandra throughout her academic journey at UTSA.
“The professors here are not only passionate about their discipline, but they’re also invested in the growth and success of their students,” said Sandra. “They’ve been influential mentors who have helped me believe in myself and develop confidence in my abilities.