Top 10 Senior Spotlight: Q&A with Alyssa Hurtado

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by Ronnie Zamora/LFCISD

Parents: Angel and Anna Hurtado

Siblings: Miranda, 21, and Gabby, 17

Previous schools: Lopez-Riggins Elementary and Los Cuates Middle School

College: The University of Texas at Austin.

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Inspiration for academic success: There was never really something that inspired me to do well academically. I just always tried to get good grades. This year, I have been more motivated to do better, which makes my family was proud of my accomplishments.

Study habits: I am a procrastinator. I am not the type to stay up extremely late to finish things, but there are times where I would wake up early also so I could.

Plans after college: I want to pursue graduate school and getting a master’s degree in math or business. I want to try and do my doctorate degree too but in what I’m not exactly sure yet. I just know I would want to do something related to math or science.

Career plans: I am not certain yet. I would really want to work somewhere like NASA or even SpaceX because I have always wanted to do that since I was very young. As long as I really love my future job, then I will be satisfied.

Advice to younger students to succeed academically: It’s important to study. Even if you’re smart, there will always be times where you won’t be able to score high on tests because you will forget a few things that are on it. Studying is really important. Another thing is to try and not let all your stress build up. Don’t worry about whether or not you failed something because I think it’s bound to happen at some point. Lastly, it’s important to ask questions when you need to because you won’t know everything and it just makes things easier for you if you ask.

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