The University of Texas-Pan American made sure its newest Broncs felt at home by hosting its first annual Bronc Roundup August 26-28.
Bronc Roundup is an entering freshman conference designed to introduce the class of 2015 to UTPA and Bronc life. Throughout the three-day event, students participated in networking with each other and social activities as well.
During the Bronc Roundup, UTPA administration welcomed its new Broncs and told them about the importance of getting a college education.
"We do not have enough Hispanic leaders in the United States. We need you to be the leaders in The United States. We need the Valley to lead in the United States," UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen said.
Nelsen told students that obtaining a college education can open many opportunities and lead to success.
"Look at yourself and the journey that you are embarking on. Look at the possibilities that are before you and what you are going to be able to accomplish," Nelsen said.
In his keynote speech, motivational speaker Andres Lara, who is also known as "The Cuban Guy," encouraged the students to never give up and to believe in themselves regardless of the situations they may be faced with in the future.
Students then participated in team building and networking activities and were able to meet with representatives from departments and student organizations.
"Bronc Roundup was really exciting and fun. It really exceeded my expectations," said Alicia Garza, 18, who is from Edinburg and plans to major in pre-pharmacy. "I am looking forward to making new friends and experiencing the college atmosphere. I also plan to join an organization."
UTPA Faculty and Staff also assisted new and returning students in getting situated into their dorms.
For Weslaco resident Aneera Lozano, it's the first time living away from home.
"I am looking forward to living with my roommate and getting used to living on my own," said Lozano, 18, who is majoring in graphic design. "I'm a little nervous about living on my own because I am used to living at home. But I wanted to be more independent and learn what UTPA has to offer."
Enjoy a photo gallery of Bronc Roundup activities here.