Student Profile: Nathalie Prieto
Last Updated on February 03, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Originally published February 03, 2020
By UC Staff
Nathalie Prieto chose to attend The University of Texas at El Paso for its exceptional education offered at a great value. She has not been disappointed. As a student, she has taken part in research and student employment opportunities that have helped prepare her for law school and a future career as an attorney.
Name: Nathalie Prieto
Minor: Criminal Justice
What high school did you graduate from? I graduated from Father Yermo High School in May 2016.
What drew you to UTEP? My former high school offered a dual-credit program and I was able to earn college credits. Additionally, I was attracted by the friendly environment and the great opportunities UTEP offers.
What have you enjoyed most about studying here? I like that UTEP helps balance your academics with student employment. While working on campus I have built network connections and long-lasting friendships.
In which extracurricular activities are you involved? I have been working in the Provost’s Office/Honors Program for four years, since I was a freshman. I have developed many skills such as customer service, communication and more.
What’s your favorite place to relax or study on campus? My favorite place to sit and relax is Centennial Plaza. As for studying, the Library is where I like to go if I need to really focus on something.
What has been your favorite class so far, and why? My favorite class has been psychology and the law. The professor made it so interesting. During every class I was eager to learn something new. This class increased my interest in law school.
Tell us about a hands-on learning experience you’ve had at UTEP? For two classes, I had to participate in service learning, which helped me put into action what I had learned in my classes.
Tell us about undergraduate research opportunities you’ve taken advantage of at UTEP? I have participated in two independent research opportunities with the Sociology Department. I had the opportunity to present one research study twice, and with the help of my mentors, Dr. Morales, Dr. Collins, and Dr. Grineski, the research study was published.
What are your career aspirations? Once I graduate I want to continue my studies by applying to law school and become a criminal lawyer/attorney.
What’s your favorite UTEP event, and why? My favorite event is Minerpalooza because everyone can bring their families and have a great time while enjoying delicious food and playing cool games.
What advice would you give to an incoming UTEP student? Take advantage of everything that UTEP offers, and really get to know your professors because they might become your future references.
What is your best UTEP memory so far? My best UTEP memory is when I had the opportunity to present my research poster at various symposiums.