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Vanessa Flores

Why are you and The University of Texas at Brownsville a good match?
I wasn’t really sure what university I was going to attend once I graduated from high school. I never really considered attending The University of Texas at Brownsville until I found out I was eligible for several of the scholarships they offered. Attending UTB has to be one of the best decisions I could’ve made because the professors truly care about one. They aren’t just lecturing and expecting for one to learn, they do hands on activities and can be easily contacted when needed.

When you’re not studying, what do you most enjoy doing in your spare time?

When I’m not studying I enjoy going to the REK to exercise. Once I’ve completed my homework there’s no better way to treat myself to something I like. It allows me to restore my energy from all those sleepless nights of doing homework.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
If I could travel back in time I would go back to when I was in grade school. As a dual enrollment student in high school I always had something to work on that I would stay home instead of going out. At times when I would see my little brother running around playing carelessly, I wished I could go back to when I was his age to live without a care in the world. 

What would the title of your autobiography be?
The title of my autobiography would be This Is Me. I would include everything I’ve experienced, my challenges, and what lead me to my success. Because no matter what obstacles I face I won’t allow for them to get in the way of my accomplishments. I hold the key to my future.

What is it that most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
Meeting new people and expanding my knowledge are what most excited me about my new journey. It was nerve wrecking because I didn’t know what to expect since I’d be living with people whom I didn’t know. Being away from home and my loved ones is also something I had never done.

Is there a particular student group you’re planning to join?  
I’ve always wanted to join a sorority. I am currently a pledge for Kappa Omega and I can already tell its going to be a great experience. The sisterhood they have is incredible and they reach out to the community which is generous of them.

What was most challenging about your migrant experience?
The most challenging thing about my migrant experience was adapting the new working environment. We would work endlessly from early in the morning until late in the evening. We would arrive back home without any energy. To top it off it was an everyday routine we would follow all week.  

What book has been influential in your life and why?
A book that has been influential in my life has been Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In the book people weren’t allowed to read books. If any were found they were supposed to be reported so they could burn them. People weren’t allowed to think for themselves. It encouraged me to always fight for what I believe in since I have the freedom to do so.

Could you share one of the challenges you’ve had to overcome in your life?
 One of the challenges I’ve overcome is managing school work as a loved one is passing away. During my senior year in high school my grandma passed away and to not fall behind in my school work I would stay home and work on it which was extremely difficult. I knew she would be gone at any moment so I had to be strong to be able to stay focused in school.

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?

Four years from now at graduation I will feel a mix of emotions. It’ll be difficult to believe that I’m graduating and that a new chapter in my life will open. However I will definitely be proud of myself for never giving up. Because once an education is received no one will be able to take it away from one.
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