|New UHV freshman Kimberlee Mason, right, and boyfriend Timothy Brown meet “Great Day Houston” host Deborah Duncan at the KHOU studio. Mason is aiming for a career in broadcast journalism and will begin classes at UHV on Tuesday.|
One new freshman at the University of Houston-Victoria realized after moving away to go to college that the four-year university near her hometown had everything she wanted.
Kimberlee Mason transferred to UHV for the spring semester after spending the fall at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. She thinks UHV’s smaller size, better dorm situation and class offerings will be best for her college education.
Mason will be one of 44 new underclassmen at UHV starting classes on Tuesday. This includes 18 new freshmen and 26 new sophomores that will be part of the university’s first full year of hosting underclassmen.
“UHV isn’t far from where I live, and it doesn’t take forever to get from class to class,” Missouri City resident Mason said of UHV’s compact campus. “That makes it much more convenient for me with my busy school-day schedule.”
Mason will take 12 hours this spring as she aims to graduate with a degree in communications.
“My goal is to eventually become a broadcast journalist, and I am sure that UHV can help me to get where I want to be,” she said. “I really look up to Deborah Duncan, the host of ‘Great Day Houston.’ I really like her show, and I like writing and journalism.”
Mason was studying computer science but found her heart was in storytelling.
“I figured I may as well study something I love to do,” she said.
Young love also played into her decision to switch schools, as her boyfriend, Timothy Brown, already attends UHV, studying in the School of Arts & Sciences computer science and gaming program.
“Almost every time we talked on the phone, he always had good things to say about UHV, and I was not enjoying my experience at my school,” Mason said. “That made me think maybe I needed to move closer and be more excited about where I went to school.”
Brown lives in Jaguar Hall, UHV’s co-ed residence hall, and Mason said she liked the dorm during a recent visit.
“I can’t wait to start this spring,” she added.
Denee Thomas, senior director of UHV’s Letting Education Achieve Dreams (LEAD) program and student recruitment, said Mason had been admitted for the fall and was able to defer her admission until the spring semester, making the application process simpler.
“Much of what she wanted to do was already set in motion,” Thomas said. “We are happy to have her at UHV and glad she chose to attend school here.”