Spotlight Spotlighting a UH Woman Each Month

Jamie Gonzales

Jamie

What is your major and year?

I am a second year graduate student in the M.Ed – Administration and Supervision in Higher Education program.

Why did you choose UH as your university?

The successful LGBT Resource Center and diverse student population were crucial factors in my decision-making.  Once I met my fellow cohort members and the undergraduate students on campus, I knew I made the right decision.

What have you enjoyed about your university experiences?

Besides the support I’ve received from the faculty, staff, and students, my Graduate Assistantship with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has been my favorite part of my graduate experience.  Being a part of a brand new Center on campus has been a once in a lifetime opportunity, and the CDI staff is incredible.

What extracurricular activities have you been involved with?

Between my studies and graduate assistantship, I have little time for extracurricular activities; however, I thoroughly enjoy being a peer mentor and panel speaker for the LGBT Resource Center.  This summer I had an amazing opportunity to intern with Cub Camp, which has been one of my most influential experiences outside CDI thus far.  The enthusiasm and spirit of the Class of 2019 truly ignited my own Cougar Spirit.

What advice do you have for new students?

From a first-generation college student who worked 30+ hours per week and commuted to campus, I know it can be easy to get into the habit of only being on campus for classes, but joining a student organization or attending campus events can transform your college experience.  If your circumstances allow you, make the time to get involved!