I chose UIW because it's the only university in Texas that offers a broadcast meteorology program. I love the one-on-one learning with professors and am honored to be part of a program with such phenomenal reviews.
The one that stands out happened this past Spring 2019 when a cold front moved into our area—bringing wind gusts and some rain, along with some dark ominous clouds. After reviewing the radar system on the 3rd floor of the Bonilla building, I went downstairs to take some photos for social media only to find my Meteorology professor, Dr. Mulvey, outside doing the same thing.
There are many professors that will cross your path at UIW and most will not just teach you a class subject but will help show you the type of person you are. Because of that, this answer is not as simple as naming one person. I have met so many amazing faculty members/professors and learned many things about myself.
If UIW were a person, I would describe him/her as a college student. UIW would be the student who would help you study, stay after class, Facetime with you when you need help, pray when you need the spiritual guidance, and help volunteer with you.
UIW has been helping me achieve dreams of cosmic proportions. Ever since I was in third grade, I wanted to pursue a career with the weather, but it wasn't in my future until years after high school. I never even thought I would go to college, let alone try and achieve a bachelor's degree. Even if things ended tomorrow, I would be eternally grateful for the opportunity I've been given by UIW to gain and study the prodigious amount of knowledge in the Atmospheric Science Department.
I transferred to UIW. I spent my freshman year at a different school and felt like I was a number on a conveyor belt of degrees. My mother graduated from UIW about 33 years ago. Growing up, I had always heard her talk about the campus, the hard-working nursing students there, and the many friends she made. When I made up my mind to change schools, she gave me a tour of the campus. I fell in love instantly with the charming red buildings, the friendly students, and the small community. Here at UIW, I am more than just a number. My success and growth as an individual is important to this school. I love praying with my professors before tests. I love that I can talk to them about anything. This is more than a school. It's a family.
UIW is inclusive, hard-working, assiduous, and humble. It never forgets its roots, but always strives to excel in all things, be it academic, athletic, religious, or simply hobby-related. It's the jack of all trades that manages to make friends in every circle at school.
My dream is to leave an impact on this world with my work. I plan to become a critical care nurse after graduation and pursue my master's degree in nursing shortly thereafter. UIW is creating the foundation necessary to even begin pursuing this dream. This school is not merely giving me the knowledge and skills to treat patients but is teaching me to comfort the broken and heal the sick. UIW nurses are known around San Antonio for being knowledgeable, professional, hardworking, and most importantly, kind. We are known for seeing the value in treating patients with more than just medicine, but with hope and care.
Without donations to UIW, my dream would not be attainable. My scholarships are made possible by generous donors. Without them, I would be worried and stressed about paying off mountains and mountains of debt. Perhaps I would not have even been able to make it this far. It is because of giving donors that I am nearing my graduation day and can comfort, care for, and even save the lives of many patients. The donors themselves have directly enabled me to accomplish this. Your donation can create a future teacher that will touch young minds everywhere. It can develop an artist whose work will be world-renowned. It can educate the next president of the United States. These may sound like outlandish claims, but I speak from experience. The donations that funded scholarships I received helped me grow into a nurse that can save your life one day. Is that not something worth investing in?
Eddie Davila and his daughter Isabella visited the Student Engagement Center (SEC) to take a tour and have lunch. Isabella is a freshman at Harlan High School (Go Hawks!) and already thinking about how she can attend UIW to get her bachelor's in Nursing. Eddie shared that he has been pledging consistently for five years straight during our fall and spring Phonathon fundraisers and never turned his pledge into a donation. This year, he chose to give. It's never too late to give your gift to UIW. Your gift supports the dreams of current and future students like Isabella. Eddie's dream is to come back and get his Ph.D. from UIW. We look forward to the day when we can call him Dr. Davila! Thank you to Eddie and the Davila family for your generosity