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Jasmine Wright

Plan II & International Relations and Global Studies
Minor in Spanish Language

Class of 2024

Hello! My name is Jasmine Wright and I am a second year student at the University of Texas at Austin. I am a double major in the College of Liberal Arts in the Plan II Honors and the International Relations and Global Studies programs. I am from Houston, Texas and have really enjoyed my time here in Austin! I have found my transition to higher education with the Plan II program incredibly smooth. Despite the pandemic and tense social happenings in the world today, I have been able to find a community that accepts and encourages me everyday. Read more about Jasmine here.

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Tanya Raghu
Plan II, Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic
Class of 2022

Hi there! My name is Tanya Raghu, and I’m a senior majoring in Plan II Honors, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arabic. As I round out my final year at UT, it’s hard to capture how much Plan II has enriched my life and transformed my worldview during these past few years. I grew up in Irving, TX, a suburb of Dallas, where my life was generally contained within a 10-mile radius. I lived just across the highway from the hospital I was born in, my family moved only once to just up the street, and my soccer practices, high school, and piano classes were in the neighboring cities. Read more about Tanya here.

Luis Roa Santoyo
Plan II, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies & Sustainability Studies
Rapoport Service Scholar, MALS Paredes Fellow & Skaaren Climate Scholar
Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Luis Roa Santoyo, and I am an incoming second-year studying Plan II, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, and Sustainability Studies. I am from Arlington, Texas and have lived there my whole life. Coming to UT was a major shock, and I still remember the fear I felt at orientation and in my first month here. The first organization I joined was the Queer and Trans People of Color Agency, and I quickly found my group of people. With focus on radical community care and activism work, my passion for serving my communities was cemented. I dropped my Communication major and added on two more. It felt like coming home. Read more about Luis here.

Sheyla Rodman
Plan II & Psychology
Minor in Government
Class of 2023

Hello! My name is Sheyla Rodman, and I am an incoming second-year student majoring in Plan II and Psychology with a minor in Government. I am from Laredo, TX, a border town situated right between the U.S. and Mexico. That being said, coming to UT was a major culture shock. As a first-generation Hispanic student, I was overwhelmed with fear and worry about how my next four years would pan out given that I’ve never been in this kind of environment before. To my surprise, I quickly found a community and a sense of belonging within Plan II. Plan II is full of people with a diverse set of interests and experiences; from befriending great classmates to connecting with brilliant professors, getting to know this amazing community has been one of the most enriching experiences of my college career. Read more about Sheyla here.

Beau Lourcey
Plan II, Aerospace Engineering
Minor in Business
Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Beau Lourcey, and I am an incoming third year studying Plan II and aerospace engineering. Many people have asked me why I chose such an odd combination of majors, and honestly, there are too many reasons to list. The biggest reason is simply that I love engineering, and I love everything that Plan II stands for. That being said, I also came from a very small high school, with a graduating class of fourteen students, so coming to UT was quite intimidating! I almost did not choose UT simply for its size, but after I got accepted into Plan II, I knew everything would be okay. Plan II offered me the chance to still be a part of a small, close-knit community, without missing out on the experiences of a big school. Read more about Beau here.

Eliza Pillsbury
Plan II & Journalism
Core Texts & Ideas Certificate
Class of 2023

Hello! My name is Eliza Pillsbury, and I’m a sophomore in the Plan II Honors Program and the School of Journalism. I’m also pursuing a certificate in Core Texts & Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program, and a minor in English. I’m from Houston, Texas, but I didn’t spend much time in Austin or even consider UT as a possibility for college until I learned about Plan II. Read more about Eliza here.

photo of kyleKyle Spier
Plan II & pre-med
Class of 2022

Hello! My name is Kyle Spier and I am a fourth-year purely Plan II student with a focus in Pre-Medicinal Studies.  Both of my parents grew up in Texas, and it was always my dream to attend the University of Texas at Austin.  Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, I did not know many people before my first year on campus, but the Plan II Honors Program shrunk UT into a more comfortable size.  I am grateful to be in a program where I can participate in discussions in small classes full of like-minded and ambitious students and with some of the best professors at the University. Read more about Kyle here.

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