2012 Scholars

Nicole Gomez

Nicole Gomez

 

Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Communication
Major: Public Relations
High School: Homer Hanna High School
Hometown: Brownsville, TX

About Me

I love running because I hate staying in one place for too long. I like to always be moving and besides, running is one of the best stress relievers I know. I am also very passionate about community service and helping those in need. There are so many good causes out there, and it seems like there’s no time to waste in spreading awareness to the public about them. I’m generally laid back with people, but if something really sparks my interest I get embarrassingly excited and jump up and down. I love the outdoors, I’ve almost memorized Harry Potter, and I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Campus and Community Involvement

I’m incredibly excited to get the opportunity to work in so many different group here at UH. In high school, I was involved in pretty much everything. I ran Cross Country and Track, becoming Cross Country Captain my Junior year, and watching the boys team make it to State. I was also part of the choir, competing in the TMEA auditions and all the Solo &Ensemble competitions. I joined volleyball for a year; I was in the Ecology club, the Asian Math Club, the History Club, and Vice President of HOSA. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America, and my community awareness group was one of the most impacting group I’ve ever been a part of. I even participated in JROTC, becoming Platoon Sergeant throughout my first year. Outside of school, I lead numerous community service, most of them for Autism awareness, and helped out in a lot of different runs for causes like Congenital Heart Disease, American Heart Walk, or Drunk Driving. I even helped break the World Record for the Largest Zumba Class which, crazily enough is now in the World Guinness book of Records.

Awards and Honors

I had a few awards throughout the four years there. My favorites were in Cross Country and HOSA which were really what my life revolved around in high school. My team made it to Regionals for three years, and my HOSA group went to State three years in row, Nationals twice, and we placed fourth there finally my senior year. Besides that, I was voted Most Involved by my senior class, and then seriously taken aback when I received the high school award at my graduation for being named the Outstanding Graduate. That was incredible. I also was recognized by the City Commissioners of Brownsville. The summer before my senior year I published a small children’s book, and my city recognized us, allowing us to talk at various elementary schools and encourage kids from our own town to follow suit and pursue their dreams.

Study Abroad

I’m excited this year because I’m finally taking Spanish. I have to explain, for those of you who don’t know, my hometown is on the border by the sea. Downtown Brownsville is really almost like being in Matamoros. My best friends speak Spanish with their families, some even live across, but I still somehow missed out learning the language. My family is very diverse, but they’ve learned both English and Spanish, and as a result I’ve never personally felt the need to learn more than I already know. However the culture here is beautiful, the language here is something I’ve come to need more and more as I’ve began to explore beyond my own small community. I wish to learn Spanish so that I will be able to cross the border and feel more secure in myself and my abilities. Mexico and Brownsville need a change, and if I can contribute to that change in any way, it will be vital to me to know Spanish.

Research

I’m still unsure what I want to research. I feel passionately about Autism, and I know there is still so much that can be pursued and investigated as far as this disorder goes. However, I feel like there are so many different disorders, and diseases, and just excellent causes that I still need to learn more about before I dedicate myself to one specific thing. I want to do something that, on however small a scale, affects people’s lives. I want to make a difference. But to make a difference, I know I need to find something that intrigues me enough to push myself beyond that which comes easily in any research project.

Future Endeavors

I know I want to get my Degree in Public Relations. I feel like that’s one of the best degree choices to allow myself to work for anything from a corporation to possibly a non-profit organization. Either way I want to work for something that is important to me personally and allows me the opportunity to make a difference. I hope to pursue a Master’s degree eventually but may pursue my career first before returning to school.