graduated high school in 2007 from a very large difficult
high school. I had attended Sea Camp for years and
knew the campus pretty well prior to being accepted.
I began my undergraduate degree in marine biology fall semester
of 2007, and took all of the basic freshmen courses
including chemistry, biology, marine biology 101, finite math, and Shakespeare.
It was a difficult course load, but with all of
the resources on campus, I was able to succeed. The
students were very friendly, and I was able to easily
make friends and set up study groups. There was also
free tutoring and free writing lab, which I took advantage
of every day. I never had a problem meeting with
professors or lab teachers. I did have one very demanding
lab instructor, but was able to push through it. I
studied probably 40-50 hours a week outside of class.
The following semester, I began tutoring. This was a huge
accomplishment for me, as I had always been told as
a high school student, that I was not good in
math nor science. Once I was in the university environment,
I was able to really blossom (I know cheesey).
I continued taking a pretty heavy course-load and studying hard.
I of course had a few professors that did not
teach to my learning style, but there were enough other
resources on campus to utilize.
The cafeteria and library
at that time were outdated and our science research facility
was located on the main island of Galveston. That made
some things difficult, but in 2010, a new science building
was built on campus (and it's awesome), and the library
was revamped, and they were working on a new cafeteria
when I graduated.
As a sophomore, I received a
scholarship to conduct research in the chemistry department. That was
an incredible asset to my resume, and I gained a
lot of valuable experience.
There was not an honors
program in 2007, but they started one the following year,
which a lot of my friends were in. I instead
was involved in several organizations (some academic and some fun).
It seemed as though everyone was in some sort of
The opportunities at TAMUG were incredible, and
I absolutely love the student body there. I will have
the memories forever, and the knowledge I gained will continue
to benefit me. I am currently working and attending graduate
school for environmental science, and my undergrad fully prepared me