Skip to content

The Honors College — The University of Texas at Arlington

The Honors College — The University of Texas at Arlington
UTA
MENU

Get Involved

Honors Advocate Profiles

Honors College Advocates 2020-2021

 

Fernando Alejandre

Fernando-Alejandre.jpgMechanical Engineering, Sophomore
Garland, TX
Graduating in Spring 2023

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
I first heard about the Honors College during my freshman orientation at UTA. I decided to apply because the advocates were very convincing in making me believe I would fit in. They were right!

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
Time management is everything. As college students, especially within the Honors College, academics will most likely always come first, but we need to find time to focus on other important aspects of our life such as self-care.

What organizations are you involved with? 
I am a part of UTA Volunteers, La Sociedad Hispana(LSH), and Leadership Honors Program(LHP). I am also an Advocate for the Honors College!

 

Gabriel Cantenelli

Physics, Junior
TBD, TBD
Graduating in 

 

Jillian Daugherty

Photo of Jillian DaughertyBusiness Management, Senior
Fort Worth, Texas
Graduating in Fall 2020

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
I originally choose to attend UT Arlington because it was close to home, and my brother went to the university. I wasn’t super excited at first but then I found a great group of friends and an amazing community I fell in love with.

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
I heard about the Honors College through an email I was sent. I looked into the requirements and I qualified to apply. I decided to apply because I wanted to challenge myself but also because I wanted to make new friends since I was going to be in a new environment.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I mainly like to hang out with my friends in my free time. Whether it is bowling, watching a movie, playing video games, it doesn’t matter we always have a really good time together. I also like going to the gym or doing something outdoors.

 

Calandria Herring

Photo of Calandria HerringAccounting, Senior
Arlington, TX
Graduating in Spring 2021

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
UTA was a great option for me for three main reasons: its proximity to home, the affordable tuition, and positive reputation.

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
My mom knew about the Honors College before I did and encouraged me to apply. It took me a semester but I eventually looked at the website to look at the requirements and benefits of being part of it. The next day I decided to apply!

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
Get to know the campus. Many of my friends will only go where their classes are and not venture out to other buildings but when you explore different areas, you can find really cool areas to study, eat, or just chill out. 

 

Kyndall Jackson

Kyndall-Jackson.jpg Psychology, Sophomore
Mansfield, TX
Graduating in Spring 2023

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
After being accepted into the university I received an email from the Honors College during my senior year of high school encouraging me to apply. I decided to join because I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to push myself academically and gain benefits like honors courses and exclusive scholarships.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy reading and watching shows in my free time. Recently I've gotten really into mysteries especially Agatha Christie novels.

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
The transition can be a bit difficult but once you finally settle in the experience gets much better. It is extremely important to study early and keep up with your work because when it comes to exams you can't "wing it" like you could in high school. Join clubs and organizations you're interested in so you can start making friends and begin to feel like you're apart of a community.

 

Dominique Lange

Dominique Lange.jpg Interdisciplinary Studies, Senior
New Orleans, LA
Graduating in Spring 2021

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
While attending freshman orientation, I sat in on an Honors College presentation. I decided to join the next semester because of the benefits, programs, and scholarships.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time (when I am not sleeping), I like to try new food places around Arlington as well as volunteering with local political campaigns.

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
I would tell an incoming freshman student to apply to honors college and take advantage of free tutoring.

 

 

Nick Laudermilk

Nicholas-Laudermilk.jpg

Biomedical Engineering, Junior
Rockwall, TX
Graduating in Spring 2022

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
I chose to attend UT Arlington due to the amount of financial support offered to me, as well as its distinguished Engineering program. 

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
The words of advice I'd share with incoming freshman students would be to surround yourself with people you want to become more like. When you have a network of people to support and mentor you, life becomes much easier.

What are your long-term goals (academically, professionally, personally)?
In the future, I hope to work towards my doctoral degree in Bio-engineering researching gene therapy and drug delivery.

 

Mehreen Malik

Mechanical Engineering, Junior
TBD, TBD
Graduating in 


 

Carrington Matthews

Carrington-Matthews.jpg Political Science, Senior
Arlington, Texas
Graduating in Spring 2021

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
My dad was actually a member of the Honors College when he went to UTA! He really enjoyed his experience at the Honors College, so I decided to apply because it sounded like a great way to meet new people and find a sense of community at UTA.

What is your favorite Honors College or UT Arlington memory so far?
My favorite Honors College memory has to be the Honors Jeopardy night. I am super competitive when it comes to Jeopardy, so participating in the Honors Jeopardy night was a great way to have fun after class and spend time with my friends who were on my team.

Please list any clubs you are involved in, and any leadership positions you hold at UT Arlington.
I am a Peer Academic Leader (PAL), a position in which I teach UNIV courses for new UTA students- one of these courses is specifically for Honors students! I am also the former president of Pi Sigma Alpha and former executive officer of the Society of Political Affairs, both of which are political science organizations. Additionally, I am an Archer Fellow for the spring 2021 semester, so I will be studying policymaking while interning in Washington, DC!

 

Madison Mitchel

Nursing, Sophomore
TBD, TX
Graduating in 

 

Patricia Moriel

Patricia-Moriel.JPG Architecture, Senior
Dallas, TX
Graduating in Spring 2021

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
My brother attended UTA and was in the honors college, so he encouraged me to apply to start my freshman year. I decided to apply because I wanted to conduct research during my undergraduate studies. Overall I wanted to conduct my own research for classes I was passionate about with faculty members.

What is your favorite Honors College or UT Arlington memory so far?
I loved starting the programming board with Anushka and Tommy in our junior year and just planning events for the honors college. Games night was one of my favorite events we have planned because we were able to interact with new honors students.

What organizations are you involved with? 
I am currently the president of NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students), a mentor in the CAMP program through the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, a member on the studio culture committee, and a member of AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students), an Honors Advocate and founding member of the Honors College Programming Board.

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
I would say to spend time in the CAB reading room and try to meet as many people as you can. The honors college is a special place where other students are going through similar struggles and have extra coursework, so it is nice to be able to have other friends in different disciplines that can offer advice.

 

Teresa Nguyen

Teresa-Nguyen.JPG Linguistics & Psychology, Sophomore
Vietnam
Graduating in Spring 2023

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
I chose UTA because I love its safe, supportive, and friendly environment. Everyone at UTA is always willing to help when I need anything such as finding a way to class, health service, study, and life advice...

What is your favorite college memory so far?
My favorite memory at UT Arlington so far was the Homecoming Parade 2019-2020. It was a great evening to bond with my friends, make some new friends, and promote my organization, FLOC (Freshman Leader on Campus).

What organizations are you involved with? 
As a member of the Student Government, I hold a position as a Liberal Arts senator for 2020-2021. I am also involved in UTA Ambassadors, UTA Volunteers, Leadership Honors Program, The Big Event, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This year I am one of the Honors Advocates for the Honors College.

 

Ivan Ponce

Ivan-Ponce.jpgBiology, Senior
Arlington, Texas
Graduating in Spring 2021

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
Born and raised in Arlington my whole life, it was not a mere coincidence that I ended up at the University of Texas at Arlington. Instead, I chose to attend this university because of its noteworthy achievements within the STEM field and the opportunities it provides to every student that goes there. It also lies close to home; helping me keep in touch with those close to me and maintaining myself financially stable throughout my undergraduate years.

What is your favorite Honors College memory so far?
It either has to be when I participated in my first Polar Bear Plunge with the Honors College or when I volunteered at the Activity Fair that was held in 2018. Both of these events were really fun as they allowed me to socialize with new people and relax a little from my studies.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Free time... what even is that? I’m kidding, once I’m done studying or clocked-out of work, I enjoy spending time with my family or working out at the gym. If I have a lot of time on my hands, I will volunteer at nearby organizations like Mission Arlington.

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
Whether you are in the Honors College or not, please take your college education seriously as it will have a prominent impact in the long run. Of course, it won’t be easy—believe me, I know—but by the end, it will all have been worth it towards your career and future. Finally, if you ever need help (physically or mentally) please do not hesitate in using available resources to assist you... we want our colleagues to be in their healthiest and happiest state as possible!


 

Rhea Pottathuparambil

Computer Science, Senior
TBD, TBD
Graduating in Spring 2021

Liz Rhodes

Liz-Rhodes.jpeg

Biomedical Engineering, Sophomore
Fort Worth, TX
Graduating in Spring 2023

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
UT Arlington has a well put together Bioengineering program and it was the most cost-effective option. UTA is also close to home so I could still live at home and get homemade food.

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
I heard about the honors college through a friend who graduated high school the year before me and she explained all the benefits to me. I saw applying to the Honors College as a chance to grow more as a person and be more involved on campus.

What is your favorite Honors College or UT Arlington memory so far?
Definitely going to one of the basketball games with a big group of people from the honors college. That game went into 3 overtime’s and it was an incredibly hyped game.

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
You absolutely need to have some sort of planner or calendar whether digital or paper. This will help you keep track of everything you need to do and also make sure you have time to live a life outside of school.

What organizations are you involved with? 
I’m in the Biomedical Engineering Society and a member of Delta Zeta.

 

Anushka Shrestha

Anushka-Shrestha.jpg Accounting & Finance with a minor in French, Senior
Grand Prairie, TX
Graduating in Spring 2021

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
I heard about the Honors College through the activity fair and got an email during my second semester of freshmen year that I was eligible to apply. I decided to apply because of all the benefits that I could have access to once I was admitted. For example, Honors College students have access to early registration and free printing, and sometimes there are free t-shirts and food, too.

What is your favorite college memory so far?
My favorite Honors College memory was planning and hosting our Jeopardy night last semester. My favorite UT Arlington memory is winning the 39th annual Bed Race with my friends. I was also given the opportunity to go to New Mexico with Alternative Breaks during spring break and I went to Paris through the study abroad program here at UTA.

What organizations are you involved with? 
I am a member of the National Society Of Collegiate Scholars and the UTA Finance Society. I was elected to be the secretary for the Honors College Council and I'm a founding member of the Student Programming Board in the Honors College. 

 

Ashni Walia

Ashni-Walia.jpg Information Systems, Junior
Ambala, India
Graduating in Spring 2022

Why did you choose UT Arlington?
The scholarships offered at UTA made it the best affordable option for me. Moreover, the diversity here was the selling point for me!

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
I got to know about the Honors College while researching UTA and applied to it the December before I started school here in the fall.

What organizations are you involved with? 
Writing a research paper about Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' for an honors contract has been my best memory so far.

 

Sarah Wolff

Sarah-Wolff.jpg Biology & English, Senior
Newark, TX
Graduating in Spring 2021

How did you hear about the Honors College and why did you decide to apply?
My friend told me about the Honors College during my freshman year of college. I decided to apply so that I could distinguish myself among my peers, refine my research skills, and find a good community of students and staff.

What words of advice would you share with an incoming student?
Try not to be too overwhelmed by all the things you feel like you have to do or get involved in as an undergraduate student. Just take a deep breath and take things one at a time. And most importantly, do things and get involved in things that you care about and enjoy.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read, go to different bookstores, and watch movies with my mom. I love spending time with my friends and family. I like playing volleyball. I also really love working with and encouraging students.

What is a fun fact about you?
I have the most adorable Bernedoodle puppy you have ever seen and her name is Whiskey Cake.