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Haneen Amarneh

High School: School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A Ewell Townview Magnet Center
Major: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2025



Tiayana Campbell-Addo 

High School: Harmony Science Academy
Major: Psychology, Biology 
Minor: Neuroscience
Current Extracurricular Activities: Community Engagement Ambassador for SCIE, BLM @ SMU, ABS, Librarian Assistant.
What I Love About SMU: I love, love, love the community here! It's so easy to find a group of people that is as equally passionate and supportive!
Graduation Year: 2024


Leslie Castro

High School: Skyline High School
Major: Biology (Pre-Health)
Current Extracurricular Activities: Hilltop Scholars Program, Rotunda Scholars Program, and College of Hispanic American Students (CHAS)
What I Love about SMU: I love that SMU has an enjoyable environment because the faculty and students make you feel part of the community.
Graduation Year: 2025


Giancarlos Dominguez

High School: Irving High School
Major: Computer Science
Current Extracurricular Activities: Computer Science Club, Cyber Security Club, SMU FOCUS, SMU Kairos Literary and Creative Magazine, Rotunda Scholar.
What I Love about SMU: The community; how everyone is friendly and willing to help out others and make friends.
Graduation Year: 2024

Bryan Flores

Major: Accounting
Current Extracurricular Activities: 
Rotunda Scholar, freelance photography and personal asset management
What I Love about SMU: 
The people here, they are so fun and friendly & full of life.
Graduation Year: 2025


Jaylen Freeman

High School: W. H. Adamson High School
Current Extracurricular Activity: Greek Life at SMU
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: My summer internship.
Graduation Year: 2023

Jacob Garza

High School: Cedar Hill Collegiate High School
Major: Political Science 
Current Extracurricular Activities: Commons Council- MHPS, attend CHAS events and Rotunda Events.
What I Love About SMU: What I love about SMU is the array of opportunities it has given me. I used to believe college was just a stepping stone to a career but SMU has showed me how being is college is the start to a successful career.
Graduation Year: 2025

Julia Griffin 

High School: Parish Episcopal School
Major: Psychology

Minor: Cognitive Science

Current Extracurricular Activities: Mustang Heroes - the Dallas Animal Services trip, I work at the Meadows box office, I am a research assistant in the Family Research Center Lab, and I am a research assistant in the Simmons school on Project Intensity. I also am in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, play intramural volleyball, and in Psi Chi the Psychology society on campus.
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: My proudest accomplishment is helping conduct research in the Family Research Center as a research assistant. I learned a lot about my major and how to work in a real, professional environment. I also loved getting involved in something that I am passionate about and truly believe could help someone one day!

What I Love About SMU: What I love about SMU is how welcoming the campus feels! I love seeing friends around campus and always being able to talk to my professors. It really makes SMU feel like home even when I'm just walking between classes.
Graduation Year: 2023

Emma Hernandez

High School: Cedar Hill High School
Majors: Accounting, Music (Voice)

Minors: Women's & Gender Studies, Statistics
Current Extracurricular Activities: Marketing and Recruitment officer of the Mustang Powerlifting Club, Rotunda Scholar, Meadows Chorale Ensemble, Campus Services Advisory Panel.
What I Love About SMU: I love the plethora of resources SMU provides! You truly have the world at your fingertips; all you have to do is put your goals into action! Everyone here wants you to succeed and excel in everything you do, from academic to extracurricular. It is definitely a great place to grow.
Graduation Year: 2025

Maria Izaguirre

High School: The School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Majors: Sociology, Psychology, and Human Rights

Minors: Women's & Gender Studies, Statistics

Current Extracurricular Activities: First-Gen Association VP, McNair Scholar, Research Assistant at the Depression & Anxiety Research Center (ARC at SMU), and Tenochtitlan Ballet Folklorico
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Helping start the First-Gen Association student organization at SMU.

What I Love About SMU: I have met so many amazing people at SMU.
Graduation Year: 2022

Allysann Jackson

High School: Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold
: Fashion Media
Current Extracurricular Activities: Rotunda Scholars Program and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: My proudest accomplishment has to be my internship with CultureHype.CultureHype is a public relations firm with wide suite of services that can be tailored to client needs. During my time there, I was able to secure brand deals for a local influencer and write the press release for Venny Etienne, a fashion designer featured in Beyoncé's Black Is King. 

Graduation Year: 2022

Jada Joseph

High School: Cedar Hill Collegiate High School
Majors: Business Marketing 
Current Extracurricular Activities: Cox Career Accelerator Program
What I Love About SMU: I love that we are surrounded by a lot of eateries that’s walking distance. It’s always a great day to take a nice walk and grab lunch.
Graduation Year: 2025

Damondre Lynn

High School: Mesquite High School
Majors: Education and Mathematics
Current Extracurricular Activities: Research assistant- Work with the West Dallas Stem School on developing curriculum.
What I Love About SMU: I love the inclusiveness of SMU.
Graduation Year: 2025

Catherine Madrigal

High School: The School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
Majors: Economics with Financial Applications
Minor: Business
Current Extracurricular Activities: Development chair for Programs Council, CHAS, First-Generation Associate, Rotunda Scholar, Junior Advisor for Mustang Scholar.
What I Love About SMU: The campus is beautiful!
Graduation Year: 2024

Abena Marfo

High School: Harmony School of Innovation
MajorsSociology and Health and Society
Minor: Human Rights
Current Extracurricular Activities: African Students Association, Crum Commons Residential Assistant, Rotunda Academic Scholars, and First Generation Association
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Becoming a McNair Scholar and also a student volunteer at Methodist Hospital Dallas.
Graduation Year: 2022

Matthew Merritt

High School: Duncanville High School
MajorMusic Education
Current Extracurricular Activities: SMU Association of Black Students - Vice President, SMU National Pan-Hellenic Council - President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC. – Upsilon Mu Chapter Vice President, Dallas County Mustang Scholar, Rotunda Scholar, McNair Scholar, University Conduct Board Member, Office of Undergraduate Admission – Student Ambassador, Vice President of Student Affairs – Student Advisory Board Member, Junior Advisor - Dallas County Mustang Scholars
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Being inducted into Upsilon Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, INC.
What I Love About SMU: I love my professors. I think I am extremely blessed to be able to have educators who have experience and careers in my field of study.
Graduation Year: 2023


Aqsa Mohammed

High School: MacArthur High School
MajorsFinance with an Alternative Asset Management Specialization and Market and Culture 
Minor: History
Current Extracurricular Activities: Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, SMU Historical Society, SMU Bridwell Institute, the Alternative Asset Management Center Program, University Honor's Program, and the Student Foundation
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: My proudest accomplishment during my time at SMU is earning acceptance into the Alternative Asset Management program. It is a highly selective academic honors program based on academic performance, rigor, and an interview process.
Graduation Year: 2022

Kirk Ogunrinde

High SchoolHarmony School of Excellence
Journalism and Computer Science
Current Extracurricular Activity
SMU Daily Campus, SMU Club Soccer, SMU Rotunda Scholars, Hegi Career Leader, SMU German Club, SMU CRU.
What I Love About SMU: 
I love the ease of life and campus involvement opportunities at SMU.
Graduation Year:

Patricia Ortiz

High SchoolDr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School 
Biology - Pre Health and Spanish
Current Extracurricular Activities
College of Hispanic American Students, Medlife, Connect Program, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Rotunda Scholars, Hegi Career Leaders, Beasley Karate, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and Project Belize (annual mission trip).
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: 
My proudest accomplishment at SMU thus far has been with Medlife. I delivered primary healthcare services to individuals and families who lacked access to proper health care in Cusco, Peru. While there, I collaborated with community members to establish development projects such as painting kitchens and creating bio-degradable organizing shelves. While in Cusco, I was exposed to dental care, pharmaceutical training, obstetrics, triage, and education. From my Medlife service, I gained an appreciation for hands-on science, and I emerged myself in a beautiful culture and broadened my horizons. This trip helped me solidify my calling as a physician.
What I Love About SMU: 
What I love most about SMU is the Rotunda Scholars Program. It was through this program where I was able to find my SMU family. Thanks to the Rotunda Scholars Program, I was given a chance to explore my strengths, develop as an individual, and make lasting memories!
Graduation Year

Jonathan Rivera

High School: Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Major: Finance 
Minor: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2025

Cesar Sanchez

High School: Skyline High School
Majors: Computer Science and Management
Current Extracurricular Activity: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Working under the Lyle School of Engineering's task-force to increase diversity and inclusion.
Graduation Year: 2023


Cit'Clalti Santos

High School: Trinidad Garza Early College High School
Major: Health and Society and Spanish
Current Extracurricular ActivitiesFirst-Generation Association, SMU Student Ambassadors, McNair Scholars, Hamilton Scholars, as well as Sigma Lambda Gamma Multicultural Sorority.
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: When I graduate from SMU!
What I Love About SMU: I love being surrounded my students who are not afraid to break down barriers and fight for necessary change on this campus. It is inspiring to feed off of their energy and be motivated to not remain complacent.
Graduation Year: 2022



Roxana Santillan

High School: H. Grady Spruce High School
Minors: Economics and Spanish
Current Extracurricular Activities: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and College Hispanic American Students
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Making it to the LULAC 2020-2021 exec board!
Graduation Year: 2023

Eli Segovia

High School: Faith Family Academy
Major: Computer Science - Software Engineering
Current Extracurricular ActivitiesSMU Software Development Club
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Landing and participating at an internship at Raytheon.
What I Love About SMU: The campus is beautiful.
Graduation Year: 2022


Luis Solorzano 

Major: Finance, Sport Management
Current Extracurricular Activities
Finance Club, Real Estate Club, Rotunda Scholar, Hilltop Scholar, intramural soccer
What I love About SMU: 
Something I truly love about SMU is the location it is in and the opportunities. The fact that SMU is in Dallas, really close to Downtown, and to major companies which headquarters are here is an amazing opportunity. Being able to go out or eat and being so close to campus is the best thing since campus is not in the middle of nowhere. Additionally, SMU being close to major companies lead many students to find internships and companies come out to do events.
Graduation Year:


Kayla Spears

Major: Computer Science
Minor: Art
Current Extracurricular Activities: Association of Black Students, National Society of Black Engineers, Cybersecurity Club, Rotunda Scholars Program, and Thrive Scholars Program
What I Love About SMU: I love the ability to pursue any of my passions by joining clubs, participating in social events on campus, being able to take classes in subjects that interest me, and being encouraged to major and minor in subjects that can be completely different from one another.
Graduation Year: 2025


Mukeh Tejan

High School: Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Current Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Association of Black Students, African Student Association, Black Men Emerging, Forex Trader, Network Marketer, and Freelance Graphic Designer
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Graduation Year: 2023

Breonna Whittington

High School: Early College High School
MajorHuman Rights
Current Extracurricular Activities: Feminist Equality Movement (FEM) and the Human Rights Council
Proudest Accomplishment at SMU: Being a part of the SMU Rotunda Scholars Program.
Graduation Year: 2024

Jesus Zepeda 

High SchoolUplift Peak Preparatory
Sport Management
Current Extracurricular Activities:
Rotunda Scholars, CHAS, soccer and football
What I Love About SMU: 
I love the campus and environment because it’s nice to walk around whenever and the environment is very studious, which I like.
Graduation Year: