Javier Miguel Segura (BA 2021) will attend Texas A&M to pursue a Master of Public Service and Administration with a concentration in analytical methods.
A San Antonio native and a McNair Scholar at OLLU, Segura aspires to use graduate studies to serve his hometown.
“After I earn my master’s,” he said, “I hope to work in my community in San Antonio — whether in economic development or in city governance.”
An economics major, Segura said the community and relationships he forged at OLLU prepared him for graduate school.
“I would not have been able to absorb information and learn as well as I did at OLLU had it not been for the caring professors and small class sizes that created an intimate setting for knowledge to prosper,” he said. “The tight-knit community of OLLU allowed me to gain close relationships with faculty that guided me as I applied to graduate programs. The McNair Scholars program was also an integral component of my foundation in graduate-level studies.”
Gustavo Lemos Borba (BA 2021) will attend Sweden’s Lund University, ranked No. 87 in QS World University Rankings for 22, to study Data Analytics and Business Economics.
“I am really happy to be accepted into such a prestigious university,” said Borba, who majored in economics at OLLU and was on the Saints men’s soccer team. “My studies in Sweden will start at the end of August and beginning of September. It is a one-year master’s program.”
Borba enrolled at OLLU in 2019 as a transfer from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. He said he owes a debt of gratitude to Michelle Avila, Associate Professor of Accounting, and Gultekin Gollu, Assistant Professor of Economics, for their support.
“I was lucky to have them as my professors,” he said. “They helped me a lot beyond the classroom with tips and recommendations for my master’s applications.
“The economics courses at OLLU helped me discover and understand the different tools economists use to analyze and predict the market’s behavior. They also opened my mind to the different pathways I could take with this degree.”