Junior at University of Houston
1. Why did you decide to join SWAG to College?
I decided to join SWAG to College after meeting Raj at my job. I expressed my love for wiring to him and he introduced me to SWAG to College and what it stands for. He gladly asked me to join the team, and i felt that i strongly agreed with the purpose of this organization. Many high school students,and even college students, need guidance and that’s what we are here for.
2. What is one cool/fun/interesting fact about you?
I can say the alphabet backwards.
3. If you have chosen your major, what advice would you give to those unsure of what to study?
I would say that in the end, pursuing what you love and possess immense passion for will bring you happiness. It’s easy to be persuaded into chasing money and majors that are known to produce higher-paying jobs, but nothing can ever combat chasing a career you will genuinely love and favor. Being a broadcast journalism major,I have been taunted various times by people who say that i won’t be able to attain a good-paying career, but by knowing and studying the media industry, i can always work my way up. I’m proud of my major and i wouldn't want to be doing anything else, and that’s how one should ultimately feel regarding their major/career choice.
4. Who encouraged you to pursue a higher education?
My parents definitely played a huge role in encouraging me to pursue a higher education, however i never doubted the idea of attending college. My parents didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, so they always urged me to take advantage of those opportunities they missed so that i can make a name for myself in the future.
5. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone in high school who is in the college application process?
I would say to not get discouraged because you may feel very overwhelmed at some points. Talk to your counselors, teachers, etc., they can help you overcome any uncertainty you might have.
6. What’s one thing that has been easier or different about college life compared to high school life?
I would say that being able to pick your own schedule and go by what is more convenient for you makes college life easier. If you prefer morning classes you can choose morning classes, if you prefer night classes, you can choose those. It’s better than being restricted to the 7-2:30 dreadful high school class schedule.
7. What’s the most interesting thing you packed to take with you to college?
I did go out of the city my first semester of college so i would say the most interesting thing i packed was probably Poo-Pourri, which is is a fragrance company that develops and markets deodorising toilet sprays. Haha.
8. How did you make the choice to attend the college/university you chose?
My first semester of college i attended Texas State university. After a semester i came to the decision that coming back home to Houston would be better for me, financially. It was then that i transferred to the University of Houston, and although sometimes i miss the friends i made at Texas State, i know it’s best for me in the end. I’ve grown a grand appreciation for UH and i can’t imagine myself anywhere else.
9. Explain at least two goals you have set for yourself in life (it can be anything!) and how you plan to achieve these goals.
One goal i possess it to basically succeed in my career aspirations. I want to make a name for myself in the media instrufry. I will strive hard to make connections and build myself up.
Another non-education related goal i have to to build up confidence in myself. I’ve struggled with a low self-esteem practically all my life and i will work hard to overcome the inner-tribulations and insecurities i have.
10. What is one piece of advice you'd give to parents with a child who is in the college application process?
Always encourage your children to push forward any doubts or frustrations they might have because the college application process can be very tedious. Remind them that it will be very worth it in the end. Pay close attention to strict deadlines.
11. What’s the one example you hope to set for younger family members or others?
In my immediate family, i am the youngest, however if i were to encourage younger cousins, for example, i would say that hard work and dedication truly does pay off (very cliché, but true). You’re going to experience downfalls and discouragement in your educational career, but you can always bounce back.