Dear Utah Valley University Students


“Whatever you want to do and be– do it and be it.” -Richard Portwood, UVU Student Body President

What an exciting time of your life to be here at Utah Valley University! As a fellow student, I am thrilled to write a few words and share some advice.

If I get the opportunity to meet you individually (which I hope I do), I will likely ask, “How did you choose to come to UVU?” The responses I hear often fascinate me.

We have each chosen to come to this incredible university for many different reasons. Regardless of what brought you to this point, you are beginning a very fulfilling and exciting journey. Your range of available options, right now, are limitless.

President Holland has referred to UVU as a “blossoming university.” In a real sense, you have the opportunity to blossom, improve your knowledge, skills and increase your opportunities as a student here. Just as a seed may find itself in any number of places, it must grow and bloom where it is planted.

As you begin your education at UVU, you can decide to bloom and grow into whatever you want. My advice for you, during your time here, is to bloom where you are planted.

Are you interested in becoming a business executive? Do you want to be a graphic designer? Do you want to be a doctor? Do you want to be a math teacher?

Whatever you want to do and be – do it and be it. Utah Valley University will provide you with the necessary resources as you begin your journey. You are expected to do your part in the expedition.

The following are just a few of my recommendations on how you can bloom where you are planted at UVU:

  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
    • Join a club, write for the newspaper, join a student government committee, play intramurals, go to a basketball game, come to a debate or hear an academic speaker, participate in the engagement zone – the list goes on.
  • Know your professors.
    • Introduce yourself to your teachers and expect the most from them.
  • Meet often with your academic advisor.
    • Work with your advisor to set your educational plan.
  • Do an internship related to your field of study.
    • Visit career services and explore all the possibilities.

I have personally benefited from getting involved, knowing my professors, meeting with my academic advisor and doing an internship. There are several other ways for you to make the most of this world-class education you are receiving.

If you ever need someone to talk to, or have any questions, my door is always open. Please come see me. I hope to meet you soon.

Richard T. Portwood
Office – SC 105
Phone – (801) 863-8175

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