"I'm very open to what I am going to do in the future. Right now my major is psychology so I can go and do a bunch of different things. I hope to go to grad school, if I get accepted, I guess that's the goal. It's taken me a long time to finish school. I am almost done, next year I will finish.
When I first started [at UTSA] I looked into the program- my only two options, financially of course, were here or Texas A&M. I looked into the programs and I saw all the different things that they do, like psychology organizations, and I decided [UTSA] was a better choice.
When I was younger, and I think for a lot of people, you don't care as much and you're not as focused, so I was definitely a lot less focused. It took me a long to realize, you know, you need to buckle down and if this is what you want to do, then you have got to work for it. I was very focused on other things and on top of that I work so I was like, 'well I could make more money right now rather than go to school,' so I started to slack. Eventually I got it together and now I focus more on school. I'm happy about that.
For me I was not happy. My job is not a career right now, it's to pay the bills. I work at a loan company- customer service. I guess as I continued to work more and go to school less I was like, 'this is not what I want to do.' I've always known that I love going to school. I mean, yes, it's stressful, but at the same time the environment, I love it. It took me some time to realize 'this isn't making you happy and you have an opportunity to make yourself happy so go to school and finish school.' I never stopped going to school I just started going part time. I took one class here, two classes there. Now I am finally going back full time and I work part time so I changed my priorities I guess.
Everyone has their own pace. Everyone goes through life. Some people may be fortunate enough not to have any drastic things go on in their four years (of school) and they knock it out. Then there are people who go through tons of things that you wouldn't even know if they were walking past you.
[Working part time] It's been extremely tough mainly just because of bills and there is life outside of school. You need a car, you need a home, it just gets more tough as you get older because you want to do things on your own. When I was 18 I lived with my parents. Now I live on my own so I have the house and I have a car, this and that, you know. I think it's pretty difficult but I think I have really managed it well.
I think I have grown up. That's really what it is and what it took. Not that I'm old, I'm 24. But from 18 to 24 I have definitely grown up and realized priorities and what is important and you're not just going to get things handed to you in life. I think it is important to do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do. So right now I have to go to school. I think my priorities have changed.
I think the community is very strong here. Everyone's very welcoming. I came here as a transfer student. Even though I came as a transfer, from day one, it's been very open and I think everyone's really friendly. I like that.
People do really underestimate this school. I don't know if it is because we are in the UT system and they think 'UT Austin is higher,' or if it is because we are a relatively newer school, but it is kind of disappointing that you have to defend your school. That's crazy because we are all coming for an education and we're getting a good education here. You know, professors come from all over the United States, even other countries. I would say not to focus so much on the label of [other schools], focus on the kind of education you are going to get."