Featured student: Elizabeth Gonzales

Elizabeth Gonzales
Name: Elizabeth Gonzales
School: Saint Edward's University
Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Public Health and Administration
Minor: Business
A 2023 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Elizabeth will attend Saint Edward's University. She shared that many factors went into her decision to enroll. "After researching and looking through the websites and just inquiring, I knew I wanted to attend this school. My intuition felt right, I felt it was the right school that would care deeply about others' success and an institution that gives to its people to serve a community. That's what I wanted to be a part of."

Elizabeth previously attended Laredo Community College and at Saint Edward's, she will pursue a Public Health and Administration major and a Business minor. "I work to strive and serve the community around me. To also be able to invest and mentor individuals to make a difference through others."

We asked Elizabeth:

Why did you choose to attend a Catholic college/university?
Catholic colleges help students properly prepare for their careers in a world of secularism by teaching them spiritual tools, values, and knowledge. I strongly believed in attending a school that held the same values as I hold myself up to. 

What aspect of your college/university are you most excited about?
The classes and the community. I'm very excited to be starting school. Meeting professors or just meeting other students. Being able to develop connections around me through other professors, faculty, or other students. I'm very honored and excited to be a part of a university that holds its student's success close. To be treated as a family is something very special. Whether that be a 1st time new college student, transfer student, returning student, or even international student. We all hold each other as a family and that's something that Saint Edward's University holds high to. I'm thrilled to say that I am apart of that family.  

What one tip about the transfer process would you share with future transfer students?
It is okay to ask for help. The transfer process is definitely a little different than a new-year college student, right out of high school. The faculty at your school will be there to help you through the process and guide you. Reach out through email or phone calls. Someone is always willing. Don't be afraid if you know what you want your education in, own it. 

What advice would you share with students who are considering transferring? 
Ask questions about the programs and about the process as you start your transfer process. Patience is a virtue. Getting registered, transferring and transcripts can take some time altogether but have patience that you'll get there. Before you know it, it will already be the day before school starts. 

What is one fun fact about you?
I've lived in 4 different cities on the I-35 interstate highway. Dallas, Laredo, San Antonio, and now Austin.