Students call professors mentors
Desiree Bradley, of Sugar Land, and Erin Gabrysch, of Edna, agree the lessons they learned from their University of Houston-Victoria professors will last well into their future careers.
"Some people think a small university means that the education also is small," Bradley said. "But the professors at UHV are helpful and supportive of students. They give us the opportunity to be critical thinkers and professionals in training through different class assignments and expectations."
Bradley received the graduate Outstanding Student Award for the School of Arts and Sciences, and Gabrysch received the school's undergraduate award.
Each semester, professors from the four UHV schools select at least one outstanding student from both their graduate and undergraduate programs to be honored during commencement.
Bradley graduated with a master's in forensic psychology.
She discovered an interest in psychology when she took a class in high school.
That led to associate and bachelor's degrees in psychology before coming to UHV for her master's.
"I enjoy talking with people and helping them cope with difficult situations they may face in their lives," Bradley said.
Bradley said her favorite part about her time at UHV was getting hands-on experience by interning for Karan Redus, a psychologist and owner of Crossroads Counseling and Assessment in Victoria.
Gabrysch credits Ricardo Teixeira, director of the UHV math program and lecturer, for her interest in continuing her education.
"Outside of math, he taught me the importance of pursuing my goals," Gabrysch said. "Dr. Teixeira encouraged me to continue my education so I can eventually teach math at a college."
Gabrysch graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and plans to get her master's degree in mathematics and computer science at UHV starting in the fall.
"I can travel the world, and math will be the same wherever I go," she said.