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Fake Names, Filipino Ceviche and Owning Your Culture

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In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Christel Vallagomesa, a UST psychology major who was originally born in the Philippines. Host Isabel Garcia asks about her experience moving from the Philippines to the U.S., embracing her culture in an American setting and saying her name correctly. They also talk about her experience at UST and how she continues to learn and grow as a person.


  1. 1. The importance of one's culture.
  2. Taking advantage of different opportunities.
  3. How our culture impacts who we are.


  1. What are some ways that you can learn more about your own culture?
  2. Think of three opportunities that have been presented to you that you can take advantage of?
  3. Brainstorm some practical ways you can learn about another culture.

Bound for Success

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In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Gloria Bounds, a two-time UST alumna and Manager in Corporate Community Relations for Centerpoint Energy. At UST, she studied communications, international studies and received her MBA in Finance.

She shares her UST experience, learning about service and diversity, and tells us how it prepared her for the work she does today. She also talks about her involvement with Latin Women's Initiative, the importance of community and how it influences her whole life.

Gloria and her husband, Jesse, were honorary chairs for the 2022 Two Saints and A Taco Tasting, which is an alumni-sponsored event that raises money for student scholarships.



  1. Diversity and service, what she learned at UST, allows her to succeed in her job.
  2. Gratitude for your past experiences will serve you well in the future.
  3. UST prepared Gloria not only to be successful in her job but also in her personal life.


  1. How can you instill service in your everyday life?
  2. If you are a student, think about reaching out to alumni for career questions.
  3. If you are a UST alumni, what are ways that you can give back to your alma mater?



Latin Women's Initiative 

UST Alumni Association

UST Cameron School of Business

UST Center for International Studies

UST Communication Department 

UST Campus Initiatives 


The Balance of Work and Play

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In this episode of BOLD, we talk to Margaret Edozie, a BioChem major who is SUPER INVOLVED! Isabel Garcia, Host, asks her about balancing extracurriculars and academics, and which is more important. Margaret goes into detail about her experience in the UST Honors Program and finding value in the truth. She shares about the balance of serving and being served, and what Margaret gets out of her extracurriculars. They also discuss three tenets for success: communicate, commit and be organized.


Biochemistry at UST

UST Honors Program

Clubs and Organizations at UST



  1. Being involved in school has huge benefits.
  2. It is important to find a balance between school and extracurricular activities.
  3. Academics and extracurriculars teach us how to be well-balanced people.


  1. How do you find the balance between the different aspects of your life?
  2. Are you "giving" more than you are "receiving"?
  3. What is more important to you: academics or extracurriculars?

Callusing the Mind

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In this episode of BOLD, Isabel Garcia talks to Naadir Mehta, a UST Alum and a two-time colon cancer survivor. Mehta shares his story, the struggles of going through chemotherapy and how important his faith was during that journey. He talks about the importance of mentality and how it has carried over to the other aspects of his life.


  1. Mentality is everything.
  2. Don't lose your faith in difficult situations.
  3. If you think that you can do it, then you can do it!


  1. When you go through a hard time, what is your mentality?
  2. Think of a time you were given a second chance and how it felt.
  3. What are some ways that you can challenge yourself to improve your mentality?

Supporting our Rising Stars

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In this episode of BOLD, Isabel Garcia talks to Dan Garcia, a UST Alum and Director of the Rising Stars Program. Garcia talks about his experience as a first generation college student at UST and why he thinks this job will be his last! Finally they talk about the Rising Stars Program and how this program is changing students' lives.

Learn more about Rising Stars.

A Second Chance

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Welcome to Season 4 of BOLD!

In this episode of BOLD our host, Isabel Garcia, talks to Andrew Law, a sophomore nursing student and track athlete. Law shares the story of tearing his Achilles during his senior year of high school and how Coach Jarrick Wright, University of St. Thomas' track coach, still offered him a chance to train and compete.

They talk about the excitement of being a college athlete, the redemptive nature of getting a second chance and how everything is in God's hands.

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  1. Keep God at the center of your life amid setbacks.
  2. Recognize the moments when slowing down is an opportunity for spiritual conversion.
  3. See how people in your life have given you a chance and helped you succeed.


  1. Have you had a setback in life that has changed you?
  2. Think of a time when someone gave you a chance for redemption when many others had given up on you.
  3. How can you do the same to offer redemption/forgiveness to someone at a low point in their life - either because of their own actions or uncontrolled circumstances?

Living a Liturgical Lifestyle

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What would our life look like if it was centered around the liturgical calendar? UST alumna, blogger and Director of Liturgical Life at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, has lived with that question and has some answers.

In this episode of BOLD, Isabel sits down with Steffani to understand the idea of living a liturgical life. They talk about her UST experience, growing in faith and how answering God's call has put her on this path.

For more on Steffani Aquila follow her on Instagram, Facebook or visit her website.



  1. Embrace and celebrate living a joyful, Christian life.
  2. Don't separate your normal life and your Catholic life. Integrate them through the gift of liturgy and liturgical seasons.
  3. Think of fun, interesting ways to live the Tradition of the Church in your home.


  1. Do you integrate the liturgical seasons in your everyday calendar?
  2. Reflect on one feast day that you'd like to start celebrating every year.
  3. How can you more fully celebrate liturgical life with your family and friends?

Knowing You Belong

In this episode of BOLD, Isabel Garcia sits down with Martin Silguero Jr., a senior pre-med cell and molecular biology major, participant in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) and future med school student. They talk about Martin's UST experience, his preconceived ideas of what it would be like to attend a Catholic University as a non-Catholic and how he found his people on campus!

They also discuss his involvement in student government, clubs and the challenges of balancing studies and other responsibilities. Finally they talk about why he wants to be a doctor and how he hopes to serve his community.

The Story of Two “JAMP-ers” Accepted to Medical School | UST Newsroom

UST School of Biology

UST Student Clubs and Organizations

Dancing with God’s Plan

When Kamryn Spell started dancing her life changed! Soon she was performing with the Houston Ballet, dancing for the Radio City Rockettes and pursuing a life's dream as a professional dancer. But when an unexpected injury derailed her plans she turned to God to figure out what is next. Next was a surprise for Kamryn, but she found her home at University of St. Thomas-Houston.

Isabel Garcia, host of BOLD, sits down with Kamryn to hear that story and find out how God moved her to pursue higher education at UST.

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A Search for Truth

In this episode of BOLD, Isabel Garcia sits down with Hanna Shanar, an author, musician, medical student and UST alumnus, to talk about his book "A Search for Truth." They discuss the compatibility of faith and science and how UST set him up for success.

"A Search for Truth" by Hanna Shanar

What is the Truth? A Remarkable UST Alumnus Asked Hard Questions & Wrote a Best-Selling Book | UST Newsroom

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