Male student running on trackI’m a first-generation college student.  I chose UCA because I wanted to start a proud tradition for my family by joining the proud tradition of the UCA family.  I’m also a student athlete – running track and cross-country – and the athletics program has worked with me every step of the way to make sure I succeed academically.

Being the first to leave for college can be kind of scary.  But UCA felt like a second home from the very beginning.  I participated in SOAR (UCA’s Summer Orientation and Academic Registration), and I’ve lived in one of the residential colleges.  Living on campus made me part of an open-door community that made being away from home easier.

I’m a Spanish Education major at UCA, too – something I’m using to help others in the same way that the people I’ve met at UCA have helped me.  I’m an assistant in the world language department where I tutor other students.  I also teach Spanish to four-year-olds at The Children’s Center in Conway.  UCA put me and my education front and center.  Now I’m doing the same for others.