Lindsay Peck, Sophomore Biology Major
By Ryan Schoensee
During the challenging atmosphere of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lindsay Peck started her freshman year at UTSA. Despite Fall 2020's unique uncertainty, Peck was confident she chose the right university.
Peck, who is originally from Austin, Texas, made her decision with a holistic understanding of everything UTSA had to offer. On a campus tour, she learned about the university's resources, such as financial and educational programs, academic organizations, study abroad opportunities and student support services. This helped Peck picture the abundance of possibilities she would have as a Roadrunner.
Now in her third semester and a student in the Honors College, Peck says becoming a Roadrunner means belonging to an extended family of people who have contributed toward making the university a great place to pursue dreams.
"UTSA's ability to offer me access to every aspect of a great college experience is what drew me here, and it's what makes UTSA different," said Peck. "UTSA also stood out to me as a university that truly cared about the students and their success."
Peck is majoring in biology and plans to become a physician assistant. Ever since she was young, her goal has been to work in the medical field. "I want other people to learn about their body and to help them heal," she said. "I think that a career as a physician assistant will allow me to be close to my patients while also being able to see a multitude of them."
Since becoming a Roadrunner, Peck has been amazed at the level of engagement and support she receives from her professors. "All the professors I have had in the College of Sciences clearly love their field and want you to love it, too," she said.
As a woman in STEM, Peck wants to make a positive impact in the medical field and help improve health equity among all populations. Her favorite student organization at UTSA is Women in Medicine because it has helped her connect with like-minded peers interested in the field of healthcare. The student organization invites healthcare professionals to speak at their meetings on a wide variety of topics such as sexual health, racism in healthcare and COVID-19. As part of this student organization, Peck also had an opportunity to tour a cadaver lab at the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences in Spring Branch, Texas.
"I fully intend to make the most of the opportunities that have been given to me as I pursue and complete my college studies," said Peck, who plans to represent UTSA as a proud Roadrunner alumna. "When I graduate, I plan on paying forward the opportunities given to me by doing my part to support and light the way for future UTSA students by representing my alma mater with pride, purpose and integrity as I set out to make my mark in my personal and professional endeavors."