(Dec. 17, 2013) -- Meet Lorraine Schmitt. In 2002, she emigrated with her family to the United States from Cordoba, Argentina, and planted roots around Smithson Valley.
This month, the family will be celebrating in the Alamodome when she crosses the stage to receive her bachelor's degree in English from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA).
Her educational journey was not always a smooth one; it had its share of peaks and valleys.
In fall 2009, Schmitt attended Williams College, a private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Mass. After two years in attendance, she found her health declining and discovered she suffered from Crohn's Disease, an autoimmune disorder that effects almost a million people in the United States.
With her world in disarray, she decided to return home and take a year off from school to reassess her priorities and research treatments that would allow her to maintain an active college lifestyle.
Reinvigorated, and with a supportive family by her side, she enrolled at UTSA in fall 2012 to continue her English studies.
The newfound Roadrunner excelled in her studies and became involved in campus activities.
She was elected vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society, and served as assistant manager of Sagebrush Review, the annually published student-run and student-produced literary journal. Additionally, she worked as an SAT instructor through the Princeton Review.
Schmitt has received various scholarships and honors including the Stephen G. Kellman Creative Non-Fiction Award and a third-place award for creative non-fiction at the COLFA research conference.
Last spring, she was proud to be part of a small group of students that met with UTSA President Ricardo Romo to discuss student leadership, campus life and on-campus housing. The feedback was a part of Project Innovation, which provided ideas and opportunities for improvements correlating with initiatives identified in the UTSA 2016 strategic plan.
"All of the students really felt like they were a part of the university and that their insight and opinions really mattered," said Schmitt. "It was great to see that it was a two-sided conversation."
After graduation, she plans to move to California with her fiancé and pursue a position in teaching, publishing or technical writing. Eventually, Schmitt would like to pursue a graduate degree and become a faculty member at a university.
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Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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