Alumni Throwback: Lucy McGauvran

Lucy (Hill) McGauvran, ’14

UPC President, UPC Vice President of Membership, and UPC Member

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What was your fondest memory at UPC?

I think I’m not alone in saying that the J. Cole concert was the best. Also, I would say that just, in general, UPC gave me so many opportunities to get to know some professional staff, develop relationships with people, and learn about myself. Those were probably a huge part of what made it great.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

My favorite project was moving to Stovall. It was a big thing to accomplish and it was so much fun to be a part of. Even though it wasn’t the best experience in that tiny office, being a part of a team trying to navigate the space was a learning experience. We adapted to the situation and learned how to collaborate.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at UPC?

Probably the fact that I had to work on multiple things at once. I had one big project to focus on long-term, but I also had some balls in the air to juggle. I feel like learning those multitasking skills has really helped me in my current career. As an academic advisor at UNT Dallas, I also have many projects outside of meeting with students. I have to be able to bring my best to every aspect of my job and UPC really prepared me for that.

Where did you go after graduating?

After graduation, I worked for a non-profit in Denton called United Way of Denton County. I worked there for a year as a development coordinator, so I did fundraising for them. Then after that, I went to Texas A&M to get a Master’s in higher education student affairs. I now work at UNT Dallas as an academic advisor.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

Meeting with students. At UPC, I really felt like I was surrounded by people who told me that the sky was the limit and I could do whatever I put my mind to. That has become so important to me in my role now. I get to see students who may not be doing so well in their classes, but I can help give them motivation like other people did for me. I want them to see their abilities the way I see them.

How did working for UPC prepare you for your role now?

I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now if it weren’t for UPC. I wouldn’t have pursued my Master’s degree and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have even gone to A&M. My boss had a big part of getting me to go to that school since she went there. I wouldn’t even know about student affairs and I would be blind to all the opportunities had it not been for UPC.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

I miss so much! I can’t believe it’s been four years. I miss the environment the most. I remember going into Stovall, going into the office, and feeling like it wasn’t really work because it was so relaxed. We had such a friendly work environment and that’s not something you see a lot of.

What advice do you have for current students?

If there is something you want to do, you can do it. Find people who will be on your team and they will support you on the way.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

An owl.

What’s something you could not live without?

Pizza.

What is on your music playlist?

I listen to Pod Save America and the Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

What can you not leave the house without?

My NOOK.

If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would go to all-inclusive resort at a beach.