Get Ready. Get Enrolled. Continue Persisting. : Cristabella

Con Mi MADRE interviewed Cristabella, a CMM graduate who joined the program in 2006. She is now a participant in the CMM G.R.A.D program, who has completed her freshman year, decided on a major and is looking forward to the future. 

Zaira and Cristabella


       Classification: Freshman

        University: University of Texas at Austin

        Major:  Linguistics

        Minor:  Chinese


Why did you join the G.R.A.D program?

I joined the G.R.A.D. Program because I enjoyed being a part of Con Mi MADRE and I looked forward to being in a familiar program with people who I could turn to for help during the transition into college life.

How has the G.R.A.D. program helped you?

I appreciate the advice and help that I received from Savahnna, when I was trying to choose a major, and tips and information from Zaira about transitioning into my second year and looking ahead. I am very thankful for the support and guidance from everyone in Con Mi MADRE.

 What is the hardest part of applying to college?

For myself, one of the hardest parts of applying to college was writing the essays.  However, once I figured out what I wanted to convey, this step became a much smaller hurdle and more enjoyable to complete.

What’s the most important thing you learned your freshman year?

I learned that it is important to take classes that interest you.  Not only was I excited for the semester to begin, so that I could start attending my classes, but it also made the readings and assignments that I had to complete more enjoyable.  Taking classes that piqued my interest, but that I had no previous experience with, helped me learn about myself.  I started college as an undeclared student without any idea of what I wanted to study.  However, I was curious about linguistics and decided to take its introduction course in order to learn more about that major and field.  I immensely enjoyed the class and my experience with it helped me decide to declare linguistics as my major.

Do you have any words of advice for other girls?

Know yourself!  If you are not a morning person, do not sign up for the 8 am classes, even if you love the subject. You will enjoy it more at an hour when you are alert and focused.

When signing up for classes, make sure that you consider where the classrooms are located.  You do not want to have to run across campus every day.

I also recommend getting involved with at least one student organization.  It is a great place to meet people and there are so many different types of organizations to join.

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