As the first in her family to go to college, Maria Alvarez said she didn’t know what to expect when she arrived at The University of Texas at Austin. She credits programs such as the University Leadership Network with helping her gain confidence and succeed.
“I’m halfway through my goal of becoming a doctor right now, and UT was the best place for me to come,” [Garvin] said.
Dr. Cassandre Alvarado, Executive Director of Student Success, participated in a panel of UT System professionals discussing data-driven initiatives focused on three key areas — financial, advising, and belonging/engagement — to help all students succeed in college and beyond.
Using what’s called predictive analytics, U.T. analyzes mountains of data from former students’ records to identify those current students, many from low-income families, whose odds against graduating are greatest. It then lavishes them with support.
Melissa Moore, UTPD’s student development and engagement coordinator, said the internships are meant to provide students with skills they can use outside of the 40 Acres.
From wrestling competitively to riding motorcycles, Williams is drawn to action. So, it comes as no surprise that she’s preparing for a career in emergency medicine.