First-Year Leaders

Viktoria Stewart
Senior from Rowlett, Texas
Major: Biology

Why did you decide to attend UT Dallas?
My mom told me that it had a really good science program that would help me get into medical school. I was originally planning on staying for only two years, but then ended up staying because I felt like it was the right place for me.

What do you like about UT Dallas?

I like that UTD is cozy and nerdy.

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

HOSA, AED, Unicef

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

Co-instructing UNIV 1010 to teach incoming freshmen just how great this school is and how to do well in college.

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

Doing well in college actually requires a lot of studying! Before, it came so naturally without a lot of effort. So, learning how to study was a big challenge in the beginning.

What do you like to do to unwind after class?

Play outside, draw, yoga/exercise.

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

I decided to become a First Year Leader (FYL) to help incoming students be better prepared for college and to teach them to not make the same mistakes I did. Through my own experience, I hope to help freshmen become better acclimated to college life and better prepared for the challenges that they are going to face.

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

I wish I would have taken more advice from my FYL and embraced UTD! Not only that, but I wish I would have added some fun classes to my schedule, like art, as a stress reliever and for my own enjoyment (regardless of whether or not they contributed to my degree plan).

What advice do you have for the incoming freshman class?

Work hard enough to do well in school and achieve your goals, but don’t work so hard that it interferes with your ability enjoy life. Someone once told me to treat college like a full time job: work 9:00-5:00, five days per week and then take the rest of your time to live life however you choose. Of course, there’s overtime sometimes but overall I think this is a good strategy to have.


Updated: August 15, 2012