In the fall of 2017, Amber Richard arrived at the University of Texas at Austin as a first-generation student taking the plunge and commencing her college career on the Forty Acres.
During her freshman year, she had difficulty integrating herself with campus organizations and forming a social support system, as she juggled between school and three jobs. By the end of her spring semester, she began to burnout, as she became physically exhausted and mentally unstable.
This year, through her involvement with the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, Amber has increased her engagement on campus and is exploring different opportunities for academic and professional enrichment, such as research and internships. Acquiring valuable research experience has strengthened her drive in becoming a researcher and attending graduate school. She desires to pursue a doctoral degree, concentrating on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Amber is a sophomore, special education major striving towards ensuring equity, inclusion, and access to services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, through community programs and educational services.