“At UHart they just give you the tools to start whatever you want,” says Hugo Santana ’16.
He speaks from experience. In just four years, Hugo has taken full advantage of student life on campus. He helped organize and presented during the University’s first TEDx Talk and started his own soccer club. He worked as an ambassador and a tour guide for the University’s Department of International Admission and as a math tutor. He also hosted his own radio show on the student-run radio station. And yes, there’s more— he is working with Akin Tatoglu,
assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture,
to design a device that enables photographers to take clear pictures even when their hands are moving.
Taking advantages of the many opportunities and adding professional experience to his résumé has paid off. Hugo landed his dream job at Morris Group Inc., one of the largest machine tool distribution networks in North America, in Windsor, Conn. He will start his job as an engineering salesman after he graduates in May with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Hugo, who grew up in Venezuela, says all of this ability to participate and start new activities may not have been possible in his home country. “Here you can design your own education and choose the classes you want to take,” says Hugo. He really appreciates the small class sizes and the chance to build close relationships with professors and classmates. “It is like a real campus atmosphere,” he says.
When he graduates, Hugo becomes the third person in his family to graduate from the University. In 1982, his father came to UHart to study civil engineering and English. Two years later, his grandfather and grandmother joined him here to learn English.
“It has always been a huge dream of mine to come to the University,” Hugo says. That dream became a reality and there appears to be no limit to how far he can go.