Hello! My name is Isis Burks and I am a junior here at The University of Texas at San Antonio. I transferred from Harris-Stowe State University, in St. Louis, Missouri, in August 2015. I am majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Medicine. I plan to attend Physical Therapy school and receive my doctorate in PT. I would love to rehabilitate professional, collegiate, and youth athletes. I am a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, VOICES, and the Black Health Professions Organization here at UTSA. I have received the United States National Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award and the University of Texas at San Antonio Distinguished Transfer Scholarship.
Mentoring is so valuable because it is nice to have someone that will lend a listening ear and offer help when it is needed. Being a mentor means that I can offer advice and guidance to my fellow peers. I was a mentor in high school and I loved that I was able to assist people in the best way that I could, whether it was academic, family, or social problems. I try to be a great peer mentor because as a transfer student, I know what it is like to be in a completely new environment and not know anyone or have anyone to talk to. I wish I would have known about RTE when I got here because they supply you with so many resources and information along with a peer mentor that has been in your position and that can speak from personal experience. I strive to be the mentor that I wish I could have had.