First-Year Leaders

Nick Hinojosa
Graduate from Plano, Texas
Major: Management and Administration

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
I had originally planned on going to UT Austin. My father got really sick at the end of my senior year of high school, so I decided to attend UT Dallas for my freshman year to be close to him. I ended up falling in love with the University and have been here ever since.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

The people – some of the most brilliant and kind individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

List some clubs and organizations you are or have been involved in at UT Dallas.

The Student Union & Activities Advisory Board (SUAAB), Student Government, The Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), Orientation Team Mentor, The Psi Zeta Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity, Comet STARS Program

What has been your favorite/best experience at UT Dallas so far?

Getting a chance to plan Springapalooza

What did you learn about college life that you didn’t know before?

I learned how absolutely valuable it is to have good friends and allies. All of what I have achieved has been because of the incredible people in my life.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

I’m a big movie guy

Why did you decide to become a First Year Leader (FYL)?

It was one of those things that I was always interested in, but never seemed to have the chance to try. Last year sort of presented itself as a chance to try it (and I loved it).

Is there anything you wish you did during your freshman year that you didn’t?

I wish I had sat down and actually planned out my goals when I was a freshman. I felt very lost, and I had no idea why.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Make Friends: If all you want is to do is get in, get a degree, and get out – You shouldn’t be going to college. Learning is a collective experience, and if you don’t do something; join a Fraternity, run for SG, or write for The Mercury you won’t be getting half of what you’re paying for.
Study Abroad: I don’t think you can really say you know “people” until you’ve gotten a chance to see what it’s like on the other side of the planet.
Plan, Plan, and Plan: Even if you’re not sure if it’s what you really want to do, just write it down and plan it anyway. You can always change your mind later, but if you at least have some directions and something written down it will get you so much closer to where you want to be.


Updated: August 15, 2012