Raise Your Horns for First-Gen Longhorns
Project ends on December 06, at 09:00 AM CST
In the fall of 2016, Christopher Mendez started his academic journey at The University of Texas and made history by being the first in his family to attend college. Despite being eager to bleed burnt orange, Chris had difficulty transitioning from a small town to a prestigious university located in a big, bustling city. This shock factor resulted in him having poor academic performance and feeling lost at UT.
Over time, he received support from his family and friends and on-campus organizations like the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence and the Texas Advertising Group helped him find his place here on the Forty Acres. It was through these resources that Chris was able to persevere and carve a path toward his future academic and career goals. With the help of the First Gen Longhorn Program at UT, he plans to accomplish one of these goals by studying abroad in Japan this upcoming summer.
Currently, Chris is a junior advertising student whose love for brand storytelling and graphic design has influenced him to pursue a career in advertising with a focus in art direction.
The DDCE First Generation Initiative is aimed at students who are the first to in their families to attend or finish college. We are here to connect first-generation college students at UT with a robust support network comprised of prominent UT alumni, staff, faculty and friends who were also the first generation in their families to attend and graduate from college.
The people in this network share their personal stories and experiences with students, thus serving as mentors, enabling students to gain inspiration and advice to navigate their own journeys at UT and beyond. Students are given opportunities to join the DDCE’s learning community – the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) – which provides wrap-around support for academic, professional and personal development.
We want to make sure that all first-generation students at UT have the support network they need to make the most out of their UT experience so that they can access the same life-changing opportunities as their peers.