Need a little peer to peer motivation?
The University Career Center is excited to introduce Jennifer Adigwe, an Economics major in the College of Business and a student activist in both the UTSA and the San Antonio community.
Peer to Peer Motivational Blog QuestionsTell me a little about yourself and your journey to UTSA?
I’m a junior economics major in the College of Business at UTSA. I have served on the executive boards of the African Students association, national association of black accountants, and currently serve as the President of the Black Law Students association. It is an organization I brought to UTSA last semester after seeing the need for it on campus. Since my freshman year, I have served on various committees including the Black History Month planning committee, Leader shape planning committee, and the parking appeals committee. I have also been able to attend various conferences. My favorite had to be the Women’s conference in Austin.
What motivates you?
My family has always been my main source of motivation. My parent immigrated from Nigeria and worked so hard to give my siblings and I could have a great life. The thought of giving back to them and others in the future keeps me going.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far?
I don’t think there is one big accomplishment that I would say defines me. Everything I have done has been a stepping stone for a new opportunity. I would say I’m most proud of the network I’ve built for myself here. I love that I’ve made a name for myself on campus. I have been both a mentor and mentee in different situations. My biggest accomplishment is how far I’ve come in general.
How would you describe your experience here at UTSA?
My experience at UTSA has been amazing. I’m not the same person I was coming in as a freshman. It has been filled with interesting classmates, professors, all-nighters, student organizations, conferences, volunteering, and so much more. I am so thankful for it all.
What have you enjoyed most from your experience here and off campus?
On campus I’ve enjoyed the chance to meet and interact with new people on the daily. Off campus my favorite experience had to be my study abroad with the College of Business. I was able to live with a host family and attend the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.
What lessons have you learned thus far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that our lives are shaped by the way we react to the things that happen to us. Perseverance is key in college. Everyone faces challenges and hardships, but the way you bounce back from them makes all the difference in the end.
What has been most surprising to you taking on your opportunities at UTSA?
I’m always surprised by how much I learn and grow from each experience. Every experience leaves me a little bit wiser.
What skills are most important to you at this stage?
My ability to network and meet new people are important skills. Life is all about connections and that is something college has taught me!
As a current UTSA student, what helped you prepare for your current endeavors?
The guidance I received from not only professors, but my peers have helped get me to where I am today. I was blessed to be able to gain mentorship through my organizations.
What advice would you give to your fellow UTSA peers?
My biggest piece of advice would be to go after every opportunity. You never know what you may discover about yourself when you try something new. Treat every situation as a learning experience. Your college years are all about growth. Don’t overwhelm yourself, and you will be fine.
What opportunities have been most exciting here at UTSA?
Being involved in SGA presented me with the opportunity to intern on the Ron Nirenberg for may campaign. That was really exciting. And also the opportunity to work in the College of Business has been really exciting for me. I’ve learned so much about the diverse population of business students and faculty UTSA has.
What general advice would you give anyone interested in college/university?
It’s important to set personal goals for yourself while in college. Down the road those goals will help keep you motivated. Talk to everyone! Soak up all advice, but remember everyone’s college experience is different. There is something to learn from everyone. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had are with strangers I met on campus.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is hopefully a Summer 2018 internship.
Great job Jennifer!