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Nicole G., College of Communication

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Nicole G., College of CommunicationFour years ago, I was just excited to leave San Antonio for Austin to attend UT. I never dreamed I’d complete my final semester in Los Angeles, but that’s where I found myself as a student in the UT Semester in L.A. Program. This valuable opportunity gave me hands-on experience working in the center of the entertainment industry — and alumni and friends help fund this unique program.

A key aspect to succeeding in the film industry is making connections. During my four years at UT, I learned firsthand how supportive the Communication alumni family can be. While working in Austin on Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” I met a UT alumnus who helped me get my internship in L.A. this past spring at Starz Entertainment. I even found that the Longhorn spirit is alive and well on the West Coast.

While interning on the Starz series “Party Down,” I met a UT alumnus on the crew who helped me network with Rob Thomas, co-creator of the show. Rob, also a fellow Longhorn, graciously accepted my invitation to speak to the class at UTLA.

Alumni and friends can help fund programs like the UT Semester in L.A., as well as scholarships, which helped me with my semester on the West Coast. But the great thing about giving back to UT is that you don’t have to fund a scholarship to change a student’s life. Gifts of all sizes can collectively help the college in ways like these:

  • Sending students to valuable conferences where we can get firsthand information from experienced professionals.
  • Supporting student organizations, which help train us to become tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Enhancing our classrooms and equipment so we have the resources to hone our craft or conduct our research.

There are so many kids I know who have extraordinary potential — they just need someone to give them that extra push so they can pursue their dreams. Your gift today helps these students — and strengthens our college so it can continue to be one of the best in the nation. Help change a Communication student’s life today and make your gift online.


Nicole G.

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