Hola! I am Ramón Trespalacios, a senior Mustang triple-majoring in Management Science, Marketing, and Mathematics. I also serve as Student Body President. I know it sounds like a lot, but in all honesty I wouldn’t be able to live without any of these. Also, I am glad I don’t feel overwhelmed with the work load, thanks to the time management skills I’ve gained while at SMU.
I was born and raised in Mexico. My high school, Colegio Marymount, offered half of its courses in English, and the other half in Spanish. Since then, I knew that I wanted to attend an American university. I wanted to find a place where I would be able to grow in different areas of interest, while being true to myself. I am someone who likes to be part of something bigger. I like to feel like I belong and that I am bringing something to the table. SMU offered me the opportunity to get a degree—I mean three degrees—in a place where my voice is heard and people care about me.
Instead of conveying multiple reasons of why I chose the Lyle School of Engineering (small classes, beautiful buildings, friendly people), I’d like to make known through a few examples why I made the right choice. Since day one at SMU, I learned multiple ways to get involved in Lyle. There was the opportunity of volunteering in the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, becoming a Lyle Ambassador, and participating in projects that benefit Dallas with Lyle Engineering in the City, to name a few.
Last semester, I joined seventeen fellow Mustangs to offer our engineering knowledge and creativity to redesign and upgrade the Wesley Ranking Community Center playground in West Dallas. I was able to interact, brainstorm, and work with every kind of engineer at SMU from Mechanical Engineers to Environmental.
On another note, Lyle also offers a program where students can get a mentor. At first, I doubted if this would be something I would like. I decided to do it anyways, and now I have a mentor who is a Principal Engineer in Frito Lay. This relationship has helped me clarify my vision and goals, given me professional insight in my decisions, and offered me a new perspective of what is being an Engineer after college. He even gave me a private tour of Frito Lay Headquarters in Plano.
I could go on and on talking about my amazing time in Lyle, but I would be doing a disservice to SMU as a whole if I did not highlight all the other opportunities I’ve had outside of the engineering school as well. I have been able to become an RA and take a vital role in the development of a community. I have served as a student senator for three years making suggestions and offering advice of how to better the SMU experience. I have had the chance to take leadership roles in campus organizations such as Theta Tau, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Community Council, and Informs.
I feel blessed to be part of Lyle in SMU. I could not be happier with my college experience. Not too many people can say that they attended a University where they were able to graduate with three degrees and a master’s degree in five years(See 4+1 Master’s Degree Program for more information). If I had to go over the college application process again, I wouldn’t’ even bother to apply to other schools (If you are a prospective student reading this apply to other schools just in case). Yes, sometimes I miss Mexico, but that is just when they have arroz con pollo in the dining hall. It is way too similar to the one my mom makes.