Alvaro Lopez, an interdisciplinary studies major from Brownsville, has an interest in civil rights, and at the UT Martin Jackson Center, Lopez has found his niche.
Lopez moved from Maryland to Brownsville after falling upon hard financial times. After the move, Lopez put his undergraduate education on hold and took a job to help provide for his family.
He was encouraged to go back and finish his degree after meeting with Bethany Worley, the director of the UT Martin Jackson Center.
When asked why he chose the UT Martin Jackson center, he replied, “I chose UT Martin as being a non-traditional student it gave me an opportunity to get back into school. I was on a break from school for personal reasons for a few years, and I wanted to get back into school to complete my degree.”
“Meeting the director of the center, Ms. Worley, helped to solidify my decision to come back. She has helped me. Well, everyone (in the office) has helped me as far as registering and (with) the financial aid process. She also helped guide me in getting my paperwork together to get my previous credits transferred,” Lopez recalled.
Lopez's degree emphasis is in history, and he has enjoyed all of his classes and professors but has especially enjoyed his classes with Dr. Adam Wilson and Ramona Nelson, as he has taken several of their classes since coming back to finish his degree.
As a bit of a history buff, Lopez enjoys U.S. History and reading about the early beginnings of our country and his research has proved useful for his assignments.
He said, “Civil rights is my favorite subject because in a lot of ways, history is repeating itself.”
Lopez has enjoyed the historiographical essays he has had to prepare for Dr. Wilson’s class.
“The research involves looking at history and how people have written about it. You then analyze it and then present it in your own words, and I find it interesting," said Lopez.
Inspired by the current civil rights movement, Lopez plans to become an immigration attorney. Lopez says he would like to “assist people that are underrepresented. They don’t have the ability to represent themselves and feel isolated from mainstream society, and to help change the view that society has on the illegal immigration problem we have in the country.”