Undergraduate Admissions Counselor David Garcia
Hometown: San Benito, Texas
College Major: Psychology
Territories: Rio Grande Valley (Texas), District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgina and West Virginia
Office: Valley Admissions Center
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Dallas, and throughout my youth I resided in cities throughout the state, including Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. As a teenager my family finally settled in San Benito which lies on the southern end of the Rio Grande Valley.
The Rio Grande Valley is a great place to live and play due to its close proximity to beautiful South Padre Island and Northern Mexico. I attended high school at South Texas High School for Health Professions in Mercedes, Texas, which is a great high school for prospective health professionals.
Q: Where did you go to college?
A: I attended The University of Texas at Brownsville and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I decided to study psychology because I am interested in how the human mind works, and I enjoy counseling individuals and assisting them with life’s obstacles.
Q: What is your favorite place on campus?
A: My favorite place on the UT Austin campus would have to be Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The stadium has recently been renovated and now has the capacity to seat more than 100,000 fans. The stadium’s scoreboard is one of the largest HD screens in the world, which makes the stadium a great place to watch a Longhorns football game during a Saturday afternoon in the fall.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do in Austin?
A: Austin is a great city with much to do and see and for years has been known as the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” When I’m in Austin I like to check out the many bands from all around the nation that play on the streets of Downtown Austin.
Q: What is your favorite UT Austin fact?
A: The university is home to seventeen libraries which include the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum—the first presidential library to be located on a college campus. The Harry Ransom Center showcases the first photograph ever taken and one of only twenty-one remaining complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible.
Advice for Prospective Students
- Be proactive with the admissions process. Be aware of what is needed and when your specific deadlines are. By being pro-active and completing your admissions process in time and to the best of your ability, you will have a great chance for success.
- Make sure the school you choose to attend is the best fit for you. By conducting research and finding out all the university can offer, you can make an educated decision on what school would suit your needs best.