Meet Your Representatives
Chairperson, Graduate House Diversity Committee
Criminal Justice Master's Program, College of Applied Arts
Graduate Assistant, School of Criminal Justice
Research Interests: Tracking with K9 Units, Hostage Negotiations, Criminal Profiling
Other Organizations: Alpha Phi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Talk! Get to know your fellow students and your professors. If you have a question - ask it! Grad school becomes so much easier when you ask for help and talk about what's going on.
Amarilis M. Castillo
Chairperson, Graduate College Events Advisory Subcommittee
Developmental Education Doctoral Program, College of Education
Doctoral Research Assistant
Research Interests: Latinas in higher education, Latina college students' motivation and persistence, integrated reading and writing, and digital technology literacy.
Hobbies: running, sewing (always learning), and watching movies (when possible).
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Find a time management tool that works for you and stick to it. You will have many responsibilities (expected and unexpected), but try as much as possible to take care of yourself first.
Graduate House Secretary
APCE Doctoral Program, College of Education
Doctoral Assistant for Graduate Student Professional Development, The Graduate College
Research Interests: relationships in learning, graduate student support, correctional education, and international student support.
Other Organizations: APCE Graduate Student Organization President, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, NASPA, Running with the Graduate Deans
Hobbies: cooking, running and strength training, cuddling my fur-babies, listening to podcasts, kayaking, and gardening.
#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Use a planner or other method to manage your time and be sure to include time for yourself!
Communication Studies Master's Program, College of Fine Arts & Communication
Instructional Assistant, Communication Department
Research Interests: Finding ways to effectively and easily communicate social support
Hobbies: Reading and watching sports
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Take time to eat, exercise, and sleep. Mental health helps with your academic performance.
Thi (T) Nguyen
Communication Design Master's Program, College of Fine Arts and Communication
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Research Interests: Design literacy, human-centered design, and data-driven graphic design.
Other Organization: American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA)
Hobbies: Drinking coffee, being outdoors, people watching, practicing contemporary dance and hand-lettering, playing sports/music, and watching dog videos.
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Be patient with your success, be kind and sleep tight!
Chairperson, Graduate House Finance and Budget Committee
Healthcare Administration Master's Program, College of Health Professions
Graduate Instructional Assistant, College of Health Professions
Research Interests: Public health, healthcare economics, and operational research.
Hobbies: Travelling and photography
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Make friends and go out with them once a week, away from studies.
Maël Le Noc
Graduate House Leader
Geography Doctoral Program, College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Assistant, Department of Geography
Research Interests: Geography of the Holocaust, Qualitative GIS
Other Organizations: Alpha Chi, Geography Graduate Forum
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, and eating.
#1 Tip for Surviving Grad School: Talk to your professors.
Sociology Master's Program, College of Liberal Arts
Graduate Instructional Assistance, Sociology
Research Interests: Higher education, gender/race relations, mental health
Other Organizations: Sociology Graduate Student Association
Hobbies: Being nerdy (I'm a Whovian, Scooby, and Browncoat, to name a few of my favorites) and cat lady-ing.
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Use the resources available to you! Resources can include the "official" resources you pay for with tuition (the library, grad college offerings, the counseling center) or the people you work with (professors, colleagues, co-workers). Don't try to do it alone.
Sarah Danielle Francine Wall
MBA, McCoy College of Business
Graduate Research Assistant
Research Interests: consumer behavior, the beauty/cosmetic industry, strategic management, social media marketing, and organizational change
Other Organizations: Beta Gamma Sigma Social Media Coordinator
Hobbies: Writing, reading, multimedia art, video production, make up
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Two tips for the price of one:
(1) Know your limits. Graduate school is as difficult as it is rewarding. Don't overextend yourself chasing a 4.0, extracurriculars, and/or advancing your career. Plan your life and graduate studies around what you know your emotional, mental and physical limits are.
(2) Get Involved. Getting more involved in graduate student events and organizations has really enriched my experience. I highly recommend taking the opportunities you can to participate in extracurricular activities. You won't regret it.
MBA, McCoy College of Business
Hobbies: Outdoor activities, swimming, working out, video games, and socializing
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: Let yourself be a student.
Repeat: I am a grad student. I am learning. I will make mistakes. Seriously, don’t be so hard on yourself. What you’re doing is seriously admirable and really difficult. The world really isn’t going to come to an end if you make a mistake, we promise.
Chairperson, Graduate House Campus Life Committee
Aquatic Resources Doctoral Program, College of Science and Engineering
Instructional Assistant and Steward for the R/V Manta during the summer
Research Interests: I do visitor studies research for zoos & aquariums, to help provide evidence for why these places matter. My dissertation focus is how culture influences how we learn, think, and act towards marine conservation.
Other Organizations: NOAA Volunteer Corps, Texas Parks & Wildlife Volunteer, International Zoological Educators Association, Informal Science Educators of Texas, and the North American Association for Environmental Educators.
Hobbies: Travel the world and experience new cultures, SCUBA diving, and photography.
#1 Tip for Surviving Graduate School: As insane as your schedule may be, be sure to take time out for yourself. Devote time every week to doing something you love that isn't necessarily school related. Go see that movie, float the river, or go for a hike. It's good for your sanity.