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Taylor Lirette

Taylor Lirette

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Alvin, TX

High School: Alvin High School

Why I chose UH: I chose the University of Houston based on its strong commitments to diversity and inclusion among the student body, innovation, research, and student success. Scholarship opportunities and financial programs, such as grants, work-study, and UH in 4, are accessible to those in need and those willing to work hard toward their goals. Also, the school’s location has allowed me to visit my family frequently, while granting me liberty to experience all that UH and Houston have to offer.

Favorite thing about NSM: My favorite thing about NSM is the amazing collaborative that exists among the students! Building study groups, tackling problems, and helping with tough concepts, students at UH bring the phrase “all in this together” to a whole new level!

Tony Moore

Tony Moore

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Alief, TX

High School: DeBakey High School for Health Professions

Why I chose UH: UH has a multitude of research opportunities and is near the best medial center in the world. 

Favorite thing about NSM: Four words: SPACE VACUUM EPITAXY CENTER.

Hang Nguyen

Hang Nguyen

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Binh Dinh, Vietnam

High School: American International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Why I chose UH: Texas colleges provide out-of-state tuition waivers for international students, and UH is even more affordable compared to other colleges. I also came here because of the highly ranked Mathematics major. As a pre-medical student, UH is great because it is close to the medical center, where I can find excellent volunteering, shadowing, and research opportunities.

Favorite thing about NSM: I love NSM faculty and students. Science is not easy. However, NSM faculty members always break down big concepts into easier pieces for students to understand. Additionally, the peer interactions in NSM are awesome. While competition can exist between peers, it is friendly competition because everyone is always helping each other out.

Kevin Portillo

Kevin Portillo

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Channelview, TX

High School: Channelview High School

Why I chose UH: I knew I wanted to attend UH ever since I toured the campus with my brother during my junior year of high school. I found myself comfortable walking through the buildings. There was also the perk of it being right in my backyard.

Favorite thing about NSM: My favorite thing about NSM is the people here. No matter what major you are in, you can always relate somehow to someone else within the college.

Melody Silva

Melody Silva

Major: Biology

Hometown: McAllen, TX

High School: Rowe High School

Why I chose UH: I chose to attend UH because I knew it would provide me with a great education and help me become the person I wanted to be.

Favorite thing about NSM: My favorite thing about NSM is getting to be around faculty who are constantly encouraging and students who selflessly help one another succeed.

Michelle Tran

Michelle Tran

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics

Hometown: Houston, TX

High School: Clear Brook High School

Why I chose UH: I went to a diverse high school, and so by the time I was applying for college, I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. I love how I can take a seat in any class at UH and the person sitting to my left will likely not look like me, talk like me, or think the same way as I do. And, the person to my right will be different as well. We might be in different stages of our lives, come from different cultures, share different beliefs. What a miracle it is that we are given the opportunity to meet one another, learn from each other, and grow together.

Favorite thing about NSM: I love how intellectually curious everyone is. I love the fact that I can have a sit-down with practically anyone, and he or she has this passion in their eyes when they tell me what they're studying or what their hopes and dreams are.