Magdalena Lee

“Growing up in a homogeneous country, I have been always curious about other nations, their citizens, cultures and politics.”

Hometown: Warsaw, Poland

Degrees: BA - Geography, Graduate Certificate - Geographic Information Systems
Graduation: December 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon, International Geographical Honor Society
  • Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
  • Dean's List

Deciding on Geography

Growing up in a homogeneous country, I have been always curious about other nations, their citizens, cultures and politics. As a child, I could study maps for hours, dreaming about visiting some of the most remote, as well as famous places. Soon after my graduation from a community college, I decided to leave Poland. Since then, I have traveled to numerous countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

After coming to Dallas, I discovered a BA in geography with GIS concentration was available in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. This program provides not only a thorough knowledge of geography but also teaches enormously practical skills in cartography, analysis and displaying geographically referenced information.

My EPPS Success

My family, professors and advisors were keys to my success in EPPS. My husband not only helped me with our two children but also provided emotional support when I was too tired or discouraged to move forward. Thanks to his patience and understanding, I was able to accomplish all of my academic goals.

My professors inspired me and gave me confidence in myself when I most needed it. Their guidance and generous assistance gave me strength and motivation to try my best. Additionally, they were very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject they teach. Moreover, their lectures were exceptionally interesting, dynamic and supported by real-life examples.

Finally, my advisors always tried to find time for me and bigheartedly accepted my kids during our meetings when their school was closed.

Plans for the Future

I would like to expand my study in geography, especially in the migration patterns of the 21st century and their impact on receiving nations, their politics and economy. I am mostly interested in the United States and nations with the greatest number of immigrants from all over the world. Furthermore, I would like to prepare meticulous maps showing the transition in the migration patterns based on the changes in the economy, politics and social issues of the United States.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

EPPS provides a wide array of programs and incredibly well-educated teachers who are genuinely interested in their students. Their academic knowledge, supported by real job experiences and many years of teaching, allow students to achieve the finest education, as well as gain practical skills.

Other Interests

I enjoy reading, traveling and learning new languages. I can speak English, Polish, Chinese and some French.