Meet your counselor

Daniela Balderas

Admission Counselor

Years at SMU: Less than one year

Favorite thing about SMU: SMU’s beautiful campus, the small classes and multiple learning opportunities outside of the classroom. There really is something here for everyone!

Favorite place on campus: The steps of Dallas Hall during SMU’s annual Celebration of Lights is definitely at the top of my list. The view up and down the boulevard is AMAZING!

Favorite place in Dallas: There’s nothing like strolling down the streets of downtown Dallas on a warm breezy afternoon. There are so many delicious restaurants in the area along with great entertainment. You will find anything and everything from talented musicians and street artists creating works of arts right before your eyes to tourists riding along in horse carriages taking in the city. There’s never a dull moment in Big D!

Favorite restaurant near campus: La Madeleine Country French Cafe has the best soups, salads and sandwiches in the area hands down! D Magazine even recognized them for having the best Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad in Dallas a couple years ago, not to mention the staff is incredibly friendly and they get to know many SMU students who visit frequently on a first name basis. As if this isn’t awesome enough, SMU students receive 10% off by showing their student ID. Definitely a “must visit” on my list!

What I recommend during your stay in Dallas: Visit the Aquarium, Arboretum, or simply take a stroll down Katy Trail or White Rock Lake. Dallas is full of fun activities for everyone. Take your time to let it all simmer and enjoy the city!

Daniela BalderasDaniela Balderas 
Admission Counselor