Prisha Gaddam

“It's extremely beneficial to have interactive faculty who dedicate themselves to student success.”

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Major: Political Science and Economics
Expected Graduated: May 2014

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • McDermott Scholar
  • Dean's List
  • Student Government
  • Student Ambassadors
  • University Discipline Committee
  • Past co-president of Ladies of Vision and Excellence
  • Archer Fellowship Program
  • EPPS Advisory Council
  • Undergraduate Researcher at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economic Science

Deciding on Political Science and Economics

I originally entered UT Dallas as an undeclared freshman. However, after taking an intermediate microeconomics class with Dr. Berg, I realized the hands-on nature with which the EPPS faculty taught their classes. This convinced me to continue on with economics. Conducting research at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economic Science was also an extremely rewarding experience. Once again, I found myself amazed at the opportunities provided by the EPPS faculty.

I decided to add on a double major in political science because of the excellent classes I took from the faculty in this department. Classes such as Constitutional Foundations and Political Behavior in the U.S. and Texas taught by Dr. Douglas Dow were extremely interactive and taught me to think about politics from a very unique perspective. I found my political science classes to be engaging and my professors to be extremely knowledgeable in their subject areas. I did not want to miss out on an opportunity to learn from them.

My EPPS Success

I attribute my success to the guidance I receive from the faculty. There have been numerous occasions when I have stayed after class to ask for advice or have spent hours discussing topics ranging from class work to politics, or any other subject I happened to have been interested in at the time. Another major influence has been my fantastic advisor, Nora Hernandez. Her advice has assisted me in making some of the most crucial decisions I have made at UT Dallas, and it is largely due to her kindness and patience that I have been able to take advantage of all of the opportunities EPPS has provided me.

I enjoy the flexibility offered by EPPS majors. Because of this flexibility, students are provided opportunities to study abroad, obtain internships, and pursue an array of independent studies while still staying on track to graduate with their peers. For instance, as a student in EPPS, I have been able to intern with the city of Dallas, take language and culture classes in Argentina, study abroad at the London School of Economics, intern at the Indian Parliament, and will also be able to take part in the Archer Program.

Plans for the Future

After graduating from UT Dallas, I plan to attend law school and study international law. Studying abroad has taught me the importance of obtaining a global perspective, and I believe it will be very rewarding to study law from an international relations standpoint.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

I strongly recommend all students to consider EPPS. It’s extremely beneficial to have interactive faculty who dedicate themselves to student success. Furthermore, the array of classes and degrees offered by EPPS enables students to find courses that best suit their individual interests.

Other Interests

In my free time, I really like to spend time with my family and friends, travel, read, learn about foreign cultures, and try new foods.