Tea Anderson

Liberal Arts Honors/American Studies/Radio, Television, and Film 

It is difficult to believe that I am halfway through undergrad. I feel like I just started, and in a way, I guess I just did. This year, I officially crossed over from International Relations to double majoring in American Studies and Radio-Television-Film! I am also pursuing a Digital Arts and Media certificate with the Bridging Disciplines Program. For as long as I can remember, I have always wondered how I would encapsulate all of my interests. I am closer than ever before; all of the fragments of who I am are finally starting to form a more cohesive picture.

As part of both the College of Liberal Arts and Moody College of Communication, I feel so fortunate to be able to take such a wide array of courses. I have been able to study everything from the development of film and media to the life cycle of stars to different identities and their effects on relationships. I feel like a liberal arts student among my communication peers and a communication student among my liberal arts peers, but I would not want it any other way.

As exciting as my course schedules have been, I have also loved the new communities I have found while at UT. In the fall, I continued as a historian for the Texas Novas spirit group. During my photographic communications course, I was inspired to learn more about professional photography and photojournalism, which led to my participation in the National Photographer Press Association chapter at UT, of which I am now treasurer. I also participated in a leadership development program that introduced me to the Student Leadership Team. In the spring, I became a member of this team in the Leadership and Ethics Institute in the Office of the Dean of Students. As part of the program, I present leadership development workshops to different student organizations across campus. I was also able to join an intramural soccer team with a few fellow Dedman scholars!

Due to COVID-19, I was not able to study abroad this summer of 2020 in Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia with other Dedman scholars. Instead, I have been taking classes from home in Las Vegas. Soon my family and I will be moving, and I will begin another round of classes. I have enjoyed expanding my portfolio of creative projects and have recently begun creating short films. I am also watching lots of movies, strictly for academic purposes, of course.

Different challenges arise with each year, this year being no exception, but I can honestly say I am closer to the person I want to be. I am a proud plant mom, can competently use the Adobe Creative Suite, and get at least eight hours of sleep every night. With every credit I complete, I learn more and more that there is so much I want to learn! I would not have been able to find myself so freely without the generosity of the Dedman family. I am forever grateful to this amazing program for all the support they have given me and for all of the opportunities I would not have had otherwise.