EPPS Student Blog

Wondering what it’s like at UT Dallas and EPPS? Check out what our student bloggers are saying.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions presented in these blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of EPPS or UT Dallas.

Meet Your Bloggers . . .


Ariana Hadden

Hometown: Garland, Texas
Major: Political Science


Hey Everybody! My name is Ariana Hadden. I was born and raised in Garland Texas, literally fifteen minutes from campus. I'm a sophomore political science major with the goal of going to law school. I want to specifically work with the Innocence Project and be the advocate for falsely convicted people. I'm currently a member of the John Marshall Pre-Law Society, and have participated on the Mediation Advocacy team. I enjoy attending concerts, playing intramural sports with my friends, and volunteering in my spare time. I also really love horror movies and doing fun activities with my friends such as playing paintball, going to escape rooms, and playing heavy board games!


Colton Hattersley

Hometown: Portland, Texas
Major: Sociology


Hey everyone, my name is Colton Hattersley! I hail from the small town of Portland, TX, which is about fifteen minutes away from Corpus Christi. I am a sophomore Sociology major and am planning to attend law school following graduation. I am a Terry Scholar and am involved in UTD's Mock Trial team, which is one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Being raised near the ocean, I love any activities involving water - swimming, kneeboarding, canoeing, water skiing, etc. - but also love listening to music, writing and reading poetry and fiction novels, and baking desserts.


Caroline Henry

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Major: International Political Economics


Hi everybody! My name is Caroline Henry. I’m from San Antonio, home to the Spurs. Yes, I am a Spurs fan. I am a freshman and my hope after my time at UTD to go onto law school. I love traveling and spending time with my family and friends. Right now I am in the John Marshall Pre Law Society and IPESA. I also joined a sorority too, Tri Delta. My hope is to be involved as much as I can.


Maddie Keith

Hometown: Garland, Texas
Major: Political Science


Hi Everyone! My name is Maddie Keith and I'm a freshman here at UTD currently majoring in Political Science. I was born here in Dallas and graduated from Garland High School(Gig 'Em Owls!) so I am a very proud Texan. I love to write, I'm a huge reader and generally just a huge nerd, but I also love playing sports and spending time outdoors hiking or rock climbing. I'm a musician(Piano and violin) and I love just about every genre of music out there so I would happily have a 2 hour conversation with you about different songs and artists. I haven't quite nailed down a career path yet but, whatever I do, I'd like to effect people's lives for the better, and I think words are a powerful way to do that so I'm excited to share my thoughts and ideas with anyone willing to listen.


Christina Tallulah Lanier

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Major: Economics


Hello! My name is Christina Tallulah Lanier and I'm from Hotlanta (that's Atlanta, Georgia)! I am a fourth year National Merit Scholar. I just graduated with my B.S. in Economics and I am staying at UTD to finish my M.S. in Economics. I will attend law school next fall (yes, I'll be in school forever). My hobbies include anything outdoors (I love to run, hike, and kayak) and anything in a gym. Me and my dog are both vegan, so if you're curious about how I have survived college with a limited diet, shoot me an email!


Amy Nguyen

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Political Science


Hello everyone! I am Amy Nguyen, and I'm from Dallas, Texas. I am a world traveler because of my love for different cultures, languages, and foreign cuisines. In my spare time, I love writing, reading, working out, eating new foods, and spending time with family and friends. I am an AES Scholar and a political science major here, at UTD, and I hope to go to law school after graduating. I aspire to be someone who makes a difference in the world and in people's lives. Whoosh!


Lauren Schilling

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Major: Criminology


Hi my name is Lauren Schilling! I am a freshmen currently at UTD studying criminology. I hope to one day do something similar to crime scene investigation that way I can have a positive impact on society by solving crimes. I am from San Antonio, Texas and though I support the Spurs I'm not a huge basketball fan. I love reading and having movie marathons with my friends or family. I'm currently a player on the collegiate volleyball team and hope to find more organizations to become involved with!


Hope Steffensen

Hometown: Kenai, Alaska
Major: Political Science


Hi, my name is Hope Steffensen. I am a political science major. I was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska, the "King Salmon Capital of the World." Contrary to popular belief, everything is not bigger in Texas! Alaska has bigger mountains, larger lakes, more coastline, etc. I'll stop now before I offend someone! Here on campus I'm in the CV Honors Program and on the Model United Nations Team. I am also active in Fellowship of Christian University Students. I enjoy anything to do with law or politics, and I plan on becoming an attorney in the future. In my free time I go jogging or work out at the gym. I also like to read my Bible and follow anything online that has to do with Disney characters, Disney outfits or Disney vacations.