Ignacio Cruz is a senior majoring in Corporate Communication Studies. During his time at the university, he raised $5,000 for women and families affected by HIV/AIDs in Ghana. Among his many contributions to the campus community, he founded and directs the Undergraduate Research Association and serves as president of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Citizen Scholars program.
An unexpected twist…“When I was a freshman, I was a journalism major, but after a few classes, I realized that field was not for me. I connected with a past instructor who suggested that I take a class in organizational communication as a way to explore the communication discipline. By pure luck, I took a class in that subject and fell in love with it.”
The perks of the IE program… “During my undergraduate career, I’ve had the chance to explore and reap the benefits of so many opportunities. From studying abroad three times (Beijing, China, Accra, Ghana and my upcoming trip to Cape Town, South Africa), to conducting cutting-edge research in organizational communication, I have had a plethora of experiences to help shape my future goals.”
Prepped and ready for grad school…”I would be lying if I said I’m not anxious. Of course, it is a new experience, but it’s not something that I am not prepared for. Through my time as a researcher on campus, as well as my preparation during my undergraduate career, there is a reason why I will have a seat at the table in graduate school. I’m ready to see what the future has in store.”
Plans for the future… “In August, I will be attending the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where I will pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and Technology.”
Most memorable college experience…”My favorite memory at UT Austin was during my study abroad program in Accra, Ghana. My service project in Ghana was to help implement a marketing and organizational development project with a community partner. It was an intersection of what I was learning in the classroom through theory and practice and actually implementing it in the real world. It was fascinating to see my coursework put into action.”