Pedro Zanotelli is proof that being an athlete and a university student is a rarity in most countries.
“If I was in Brazil, I would be either studying or playing tennis. I would never be able to do both,” Zanotelli explains. In fall 2008, Zanotelli came to UTSA from Fortaleza, Brazil in pursuit of a college degree and a chance to do what he loves—play tennis.
From the beginning, Zanotelli knew that he wanted to live in a place where he would have the same comforts of home; like Brazil, he wanted to attend school in a city where the weather was mostly hot and rarely cold. Having two friends from Brazil who were already enrolled at UTSA helped him make his decision.
When Zanotelli first came to UTSA, he admits that he was only interested in receiving his degree, but eventually became more focused on tennis.
“Here, you play for a team. You’re representing the school,” Zanotelli said. “The team depends on you. The result of the team depends on how you do in a match. You have to be much more focused; you have to show your teammates that you care and be 100 percent in situation.”
During his time at UTSA, Junger has strived to immerse himself in his education and is proud of his 3.44 GPA. Junger attributes his success to UTSA’s learning resources such as private tutoring for athletes, study hall and The Writing Center. Being able to establish and maintain communication with his professors has also been helpful to Junger.
“My best friend studies in Switzerland and he said that he has no contact with his professor; he can’t e-mail him, he can’t talk to him after class. They don’t have office hours. He was pretty impressed that it’s common here. It’s one big thing that I really appreciate,” Junger said.
Jeromie Hill, sophomore forward for UTSA’s men’s basketball team, experienced his share of struggles with the SAT when he was initially trying to become a UTSA student from his home in Cairns, Australia.
“I had a 2.0 GPA, so I needed a very high SAT score and all the stuff on the SAT was American math and the English was written a little bit different. For me, it was really hard to grasp,” Hill admits. “I had tutoring to try and get it and a month before I was due to come here I got the score I needed, so that was a relief. Since being here, school has been the most difficult part of it, but my GPA at the moment is about a 3.4, so I’m doing just here.”
Hill’s athletic performance paid off when he was named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in March 2011. “Being a freshman, doing what I did in that game,” Hill pauses, “I felt like I really deserved that win and earned that. That was a big