Mustangs From DFW

Like anything else, it’s always helpful to hear straight from someone who has first-hand experience. Hear why some of our SMU Mustangs from the Dallas area decided to #Stay4SMU and why they’re glad they did.


Aguer Atem

Aguer Atem ’25

Majors Public policy and business management

Minors Arabic and law and legal reasoning

Hometown Wylie, Texas

SMU in Dallas is a hub of amazing experiences and great opportunities to explore. This city has so many great restaurants, museums and fun activities.

Being a Mustang means being surrounded by a community that celebrates and supports you. Completing challenging coursework and participating in student organizations have given me confidence in my voice and are helping build me into the world changer I want to be.

SMU helped me define and advance my educational and career goals. There are so many classes available to explore my passions. A philosophy class has been one of my favorites because it expanded my mindset and taught me to navigate difficult conversations and situations – great skills for a student on the pre-law track.

Eric Hirschbrich

Eric Hirschbrich ’23

Majors Mechanical engineering and finance

Minor Math

Hometown Dallas, Texas

SMU in Dallas offers so many great opportunities for students and young professionals. With all that I’ve gotten to know and experience in Dallas during my time at SMU, I feel really comfortable transitioning from college to starting my career. And there’s a practical benefit: The campus move-in/move-out experience is easier when it’s in your hometown.

SMU helped me develop important skills with challenging coursework, teamwork, hands-on projects and job-search training.

SMU has shaped me into who I am today. Our campus culture helped me grow as a person and make great friends for life. I feel prepared to succeed in all aspects – educational, professional and social.

Abigail Kenwood

Abigail Kenwood ’24

Majors Political science and international studies

Minors History

Hometown McKinney, Texas

SMU in Dallas offers a culture that is unique to the state of Texas, and it is the best decision I could have made in selecting my university. There are so many opportunities in academics, student life, access to alumni, careers and more.

SMU has helped me define my education as a holistic and high-performing acquisition. It has pushed me to reach and do everything in my power to achieve my career goals. I dream of becoming a lawyer and potentially a diplomat. Through SMU, I’ve had access to important resources and connections that take me closer to my career goals.

SMU has shaped me into who I am today. I’m a better communicator, a kinder individual and an even harder worker. With the experiences I’ve acquired through coursework, campus involvement and work, I’m proud of who I’ve become as a student and as a person. It’s been more than I could have ever imagined.

Donovan McManus

Donovan McManus ’24

Majors Mechanical engineering and music

Minor Mathematics

Hometown Carrollton, Texas

SMU in Dallas offers professional opportunities for students and is a great place to make memories. Dallas offers virtually everything – sport teams, food scene, concert venues and more. Exploring the city has been a highlight of my college experience.

SMU helped me take an intentional approach to prepare for career success. I’ve been able to land internships and prepare for graduate school.

As a Mustang I experience real community in our tight-knit culture.

Matthew Merritt

Matthew Merritt ’23

Major Music education

Hometown Duncanville, Texas

Dallas offers everything. There is literally nothing you could long for in D-town.

SMU is a great liberal arts university. It gives students access to resources such as faculty mentors, internships and experiences. My first year, I sang with a men’s a cappella group at our beloved Celebration of Lights holiday event. SMU is my home and influential to my life. I will forever be grateful.

SMU has shaped me into who I am today. It has broadened my point of view and shown me that I can achieve my goals with hard work. SMU faculty members have professional experience in the fields they teach. I’ve seen firsthand what professionals in my career field can achieve.

Monserrat Rodriguez

Monserrat Rodriguez ’25

Majors Theater and psychology

Hometown Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a lively, bustling city with a ton of places to visit and things to do. And it’s home.

SMU is a place where you can dream and achieve thanks to world-class professors who genuinely care about your well-being as a student and as a person.

SMU has shaped me into who I am today. I will never forget how it felt after Convocation – SMU’s official welcome to first-year students – to walk out of Dallas Hall and realize that I was, in fact, a college student starting a new chapter. People here have shaped me in huge ways by encouraging and challenging me. I am forever grateful for the community I’ve created and nurtured here.