Outstanding Arts and Sciences graduates ready for future challenges

Nov. 30, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.

University of Houston-Victoria graduate student Elizabeth Rodriguez and undergraduate student Andrea De Buyl have no intention of sitting on the sidelines in life.

To the contrary, the two young women look forward to taking on the challenges of tomorrow and doing their part to make a positive difference in the world.

The UHV School of Arts and Sciences named Rodriguez, of Cuero, its outstanding fall graduate student and De Buyl, of Katy, its outstanding fall undergraduate student. Rodriguez will graduate with a Master of Science in publishing while De Buyl will earn a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Each semester, professors from the four UHV schools select an outstanding student from both their graduate and undergraduate programs to be honored during commencement.

Rodriguez, born and raised in Cuero, works as the news director at the Cuero Record and the Yorktown News-View. Her job entails reporting, editing, taking pictures and laying out pages. After graduation, she wants to work for a literary journal or work in production for a book publisher.

"What I like about working in the field is just helping people get their stories out there," she said. "That's what I do for the newspaper when I interview people from different walks of life who have different perspectives."

Rodriguez entered UHV's publishing program after earning her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Likewise, De Buyl appreciates another aspect of UHV that makes school attendance more feasible - online coursework. A wife and mother of two boys, she has been going to school part-time for several years while balancing school and family commitments.

"The amount of online courses that UHV offers and the quality of the classes is amazing," De Buyl said. "I like that I don't have to leave my family to attend those courses. They have been a blessing for me. Without them, I don't know if I would have been able to finish as quickly as I did."



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