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Nancy Cortez

Knowledge to Succeed

I chose to come to The University of Texas at Austin for many reasons. First of all, I came because UT Austin is known for having strong academics and a strong communication program. I felt that here I would be challenged and that I would be able to get the knowledge I needed to succeed in the future.

I also came because of the location of Austin. It is far enough from home for me so that I can learn to be self-reliant, but it is close enough so that I can still make visits home every now and then. The city of Austin is also very unique, which is something that I love about it. I am also passionate about music, so it felt right to come to Austin - The Live Music Capital of the World. I would encourage others to come to UT Austin because in the two years I have been here, I have already seen myself become a more independent and intelligent person and I feel that anyone who comes here would be able to gain the same rewards.

Where I Want to Go

I picked my major after researching and finding out what major would get me where I wanted to go. I chose to be a Radio-TV-Film major because I would really love to work in the entertainment industry, more specifically, in the music industry.

Nancy and friends

Here and After

During my remaining time as a UT Austin student, I am looking forward to creating projects for my upper division classes. The creative process is stressful, but in the end, you are able to come out with a great product that you are very proud of.

After I earn my undergraduate degree, I would like to work in a recording studio. I think my time here in Austin will help me meet my goals by teaching me how to work with sound. I also feel that since I am an undergrad here, I will be more likely to receive internships within the music industry and, as a result, be more likely to get the job I desire.

Nancy's advice

Use the Forty Acres shuttle

When getting around campus, it is helpful to use the Forty Acres shuttle. It travels clockwise around campus and is continuously looping around.

Stay on top of your work

Make sure to stay on top of your work at all times. It is much easier to do well on tests if you have been gradually learning material as opposed to learning it all at once. It is also less stressful.

Make time for family and friends

While academics are extremely important, I feel that it is also good to make some time for family and friends. In order to minimize stress, you should spend at least one night out of the week spending time with family and friends.

Living on campus is more fun and keeps you focused

I am currently living on campus in the Kinsolving dormitory and have been living there for the past two years. I think that living on campus has helped me to have more fun and stay focused. Living in the dorms is extremely convenient and being surrounded with the same people helps to establish lasting friendships. I would highly recommend living on campus for at least the first two years of college because it is easier to make friends and you don’t have to worry about driving or riding the city shuttles to classes. You can just walk to them because you are already on campus. There are also lots of study rooms available so there is no need to worry about having to leave your dorm to study.

Expressing Our Ideas

Interaction with faculty, staff, and other students in the College of Communication has been beneficial to me in numerous ways. My professors do well to encourage class interaction and here we are able to express our ideas. Everyone’s ideas are respected and as I listen to other students’ perspectives I am able to gain a better understanding of various subjects.

Nancy and friends on a mission trip to Belize

Change the World

My favorite experience at the University so far has been going on a mission trip with the University Catholic Center in partnership with Hand-in-Hand Ministries to Belize City, Belize. This trip took place during spring break of 2009. Our group consisted of 15 members and we stayed there for the entire week and had an unforgettable experience. For the first three and a half days, we built a home for an underprivileged family! The building process was so much fun and it felt so good to work together and create something great. While in Belize we were able to learn so much about the culture. We ate new foods such as Fried Jacks, Johnny Cakes, Hard Time Cookies, and pig tail, and were able to see a performance by Garifuna dancers, and visit some schools and churches in the area. We were also able to visit the ancient Mayan ruins, which was so amazing! In addition to all the amazing things we did, we also visited Caye Caulker Island. It was so beautiful and while we were there we had the opportunity to go snorkeling in the Caribbean! On the final day, Sunday, we returned to the house we built and had a house blessing.The family was so grateful for the house that we built and it felt so good to know that we could change the world.

Friends are Important

As a participant in various activities around the University Catholic Center, I have gained so many friends! We have so much fun together and it feels amazing to be a part of something so amazing. As a member of STRONG, we meet once a week to organize activities for high school and middle school students to do during retreats that we plan out. Seeing everyone once a week and going on retreats together is a great experience because you are able to experience new things with awesome people. As a member of P-Staff on Longhorn Awakening, we would gather often and we all became extremely close friends. It is very important to get involved on campus because even though we come to school to become more intelligent individuals, it is also important to have friends, have fun, and live your life. Having friends is important because friends are there for you to celebrate the good times and help you through the times in life when things are difficult.

More about Nancy

Favorites

  • Study location on and off campus: On campus - Kinsolving study rooms and the FAC
    Off campus - Caffé Medici and Starbucks on Guadalupe Street
  • Place to eat on and near campus: On campus - Chick-fil-A
    Near campus - The Mellow Mushroom. They have such a great variety of pizzas and they are made when you order, so they are extremely fresh and delicious.
  • Class: Narrative Strategies
  • Pastime / recreational activities: I absolutely love music and enjoy listening to it. Singing and playing my guitar.

Biggest challenge

The biggest challenge that I’ve overcome is being away from home for long periods of time. I am extremely close with my family so being apart from them was really hard for me. But in the long run, I am happy that I’ve come here because as a result of being away from home, I have become a more independent and responsible person, which is a really great thing.

Best unexpected thing

While I’ve been here at UT, the best unexpected thing that has happened to me has been making so many great new friends. Many of my close friends from high school were going to different colleges, so at first I was a little concerned about making new friends here at UT. There was, however, nothing to worry about after all. I have made such amazing friends here, and not just average friends, but I mean friends that are very trustworthy. My fellow residents in Kinsolving are so nice and fun to be around and also my friends from TSTV, and last but certainly not least, my friends from the University Catholic Center. The friends I have made at UT are so amazing!

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Send Nancy an e-mail at nancycortez@mail.utexas.edu

Updated Tue, 2011-04-12 15:42 | Top

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