Cymone Caldwell’s academic journey began at Lone Star College, continued to Houston Community College and ultimately brought her to the University of Houston-Downtown.
The transition between community college and UHD was seamless for Caldwell, a senior English major and Honors Program student. Thanks to helpful professors and advisers, she was able to quickly adapt to UHD’s campus and learning environment.
The smaller class sizes and helpful faculty have helped Caldwell succeed academically. Now, she’s able to balance her time effectively between campus community service projects, student organizations, and serving as a roving reporter for UHD News.
“I enjoy writing, and learning how to write in a journalistic style has been very rewarding,” said Caldwell, who serves as communication assistant for UHD University Relations. “And it’s been great to get to learn more about the institution by interviewing students and professors.”
Caldwell has provided support for UHD media events such as the ABC13-Univision DACA Town Hall Meeting and the recent ABC13 “Harvey: 6 Months Later Town Hall Meeting.” She also has profiled faculty members such as Dr. Sandra Dahlberg, professor of English, and covered events such as the Texas State Historical Association Meeting.
Caldwell grew up in Cypress, Texas with her parents and two older sisters. She attended Cy-Fair High School (alongside Olympic bobsledder Sam McGuffie), where she was a member of the track team.
“It was good to grow up in that area,” she said. “I had an outstanding education that prepared me for college.”
She graduated a year early and first focused on working before enrolling in Lone Star College. After moving into Houston, she transferred to Houston Community College.
When it was time to select a university, she researched area institutions and discovered the University of Houston-Downtown online. She applied and was contacted by Dr. Mari Nicholson-Preuss, director of UHD’s Honors Program, who invited her to join the program. Caldwell eagerly accepted and has appreciated the camaraderie of her fellow students and the creative atmosphere of the program.
In addition to the Honors Program, Caldwell has been active in several organizations including UHD’s Animal Rescue Club and the Garna Christian Chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. She also occupies her time volunteering in the community through various University and Honors Program initiatives.
“Volunteering makes students more aware of their community,” she said. “And it’s important to give back when we can because our community does so much for all of us. I am privileged to be able to help other people.”
Caldwell will graduate at the end of 2018 and plans to attend graduate school. Her passion for writing will likely take her into a master’s program in English or Communications, she said. Wherever Caldwell lands, she credits UHD for helping her get there.
“This University has been a help to me in many ways,” she said. “I’ve grown as a writer and communicator, and have met so many great people. I am grateful for all of my experiences here and know that this University has made me a stronger student … and in many ways, a better person.”
Caldwell is a prime example of Gator Grit and reflects UHD’s commitment to its transfer students. Through partnerships with community colleges, such as HCC and LSC, students have opportunities to seamlessly transition from associate’s programs into undergraduate majors at UHD. Those seeking to continue their studies at UHD benefit from resources and events, like Transfer Thursday, which offers admission counseling, information on scholarship opportunities, and advising.