Timea Soltesz left everything behind and traveled halfway around the world just to start over at The University of Texas at Tyler.
Soltesz, a Hungarian esthetician who has lived in London for the past 11 years, visited a client in Tyler for just two weeks and fell in love with Tyler and the Texas way of life.
“I feel at home,” she said. “(Tyler) has this particular life. People are so friendly.”
After her initial visit to Tyler, Soltesz said she realized she needed to start chasing her dreams.
She was finally back in Texas on Independence Day and taking part in orientation at UT Tyler by the end of the week, ready to start on the path toward becoming a news anchor. It was an eventful week for Soltesz who also celebrated her first birthday in America.
“When I came to Texas, that’s when I realized this is what I want to do,” she said. “I’m going to follow the dreams I should have 10 years ago.”
Soltesz was one of more than 150 new students taking part in freshmen orientation, the fourth session of the summer. The school still has two more orientations before the end of July to welcome new students.
“I just love the atmosphere,” Soltesz said. “When you get to Tyler, you feel it. Texans are the most hospitable people ever.”
In August - a week before classes begin - resident students will be welcomed back for Swoop Camp, which allows them to move into their campus housing a week early.
Students will participate in games such as water Olympics and acclimate to campus before the fall semester kicks off.
UT Tyler is coming off of two semesters of record enrollment, with fall enrollment expected to close in on 10,000 students.