First-Year Leaders

Kelly Mahady
Senior from Lubbock, Texas
Major: Biology

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
It appeared to have the proper focus on academics versus athletics, as well as being affordable and close to home.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

The reasons I chose it: focus on academics over athletics, close to home, and affordable. I have come to enjoy many of my classes and professors as well. It’s been a good experience.

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

Veterans of Dallas at UTD, Delta Epsilon Iota

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

Working in the labs. The professors are approachable and amicable, and it’s rewarding to build a rapport with them. Even when the work is tedious and simple, I feel rewarded by the experience.

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

People really want you to be social. It’s probably the thing I hate most about college. I came to college to learn, not to party.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

I play with my dog, play videogames, ride horses, read, write, draw/paint, do martial arts, cook, or just enjoy a film, show, or chat with a close friend.

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

I wanted to be useful. My FYL was one of the few people who really noticed how unhappy I was, and the fact he cared enough to make sure I was okay meant a lot to me. If I can help someone, even just a bit, then I have done something honorable and worthwhile. I just want to be useful.

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

I wish I had more time to focus on my academics, but life happened. I wish I had found an on-campus activity that could have taken my mind off things and helped me focus.

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Breathe. Or, if you prefer “just keep swimming.” Don’t try to figure everything out all at once, or you’ll find you really figured it out too late.


Updated: August 15, 2012