While on a study abroad trip in Costa Rica, Emily Galbraith received word that Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her as the student regent of Texas Woman’s University.

The 2016 Waxahachie High graduate was in the middle of Spanish class when she received the news via text while in Costa Rica.

"I was so thrilled. I felt as though my head were swirling,” Galbraith described.

She was able to think clearly enough to excuse herself from class to phone her fiancé. Galbraith recalled being so thrilled that she was practically screaming. She then dialed her parents who were excited as well.

“I was legitimately jumping up and down,” Galbraith elaborated. “Besides hearing the news that I received the Terry scholarship, this has been the coolest announcement.”

She is most excited to speak with students about the university in a formal setting. She considers it a privilege to be their voice on the board of regents meetings and hopes to adequately represent all three TWU campuses.

“I truly want to include Houston and Dallas in conversations about campus life,” Galbraith advocated. “I hope to continue helping make Texas Woman’s University a well-known school throughout the state.”

She added, “I hope to help implement more opportunities for students to experience leadership training campus-wide.”

Galbraith mentioned the scholarship she received from the Terry Foundation in Texas her senior year of high school. Through this experience, older Terry scholars mentored the freshmen. Monica Mathis, the 2016 student regent and a Terry scholar, played a significant role and was the inspiration behind Galbraith’s interests.

“I wanted to apply for the position ever since talking with her about it and seeing her give a speech at our freshman commencement,” Galbraith said.

In 2017, Rachel Iacobucci was named the student regent. She is a Terry scholar and has the same major, communications sciences.

The influence from Galbraith’s predecessors, she was confident enough to apply.

“I feel so blessed to be the third consecutive Terry scholar in this position and to be the second consecutive student regent from my major,” Galbraith elaborated. “The position is important to me because I get the chance to advocate for students at the highest level of our university. Not many people get to say that.”

Going into the process, Galbraith was confident in her application. After scraping several drafts and others reviewing her final submission, she was confident in the ideas and in her passions for serving the TWU community.

“When I completed my interview with the governor’s office, I walked away thinking that was truly the best interview I had ever had,” Galbraith disclosed. “However, throughout the duration of this application process, I have always known and trusted that Governor Abbott would choose the right person for the position. Either way, I was so excited to have made it that far.”

She took a job-placement test freshman year of high school, and none of the options suited her. She flipped through a pamphlet and discovered speech pathology.

“After shadowing a speech pathologist at Shackelford Elementary, I was settled. I am intrigued by the fact I can meet someone’s immediate need to speak properly and be understood,” she said.

She takes pride in the ability to impact a person’s communication. She described it as the perfect combination of education and health.

Galbraith praised the educators at WHS and how they prepared her for the college experience.

“Coach Pruitt poured into us students and taught me so much about perseverance and confidence," Galbraith continued. "I was also involved in student council with Kim Axtell and Annamarie Warren for three years. I am about to marry Kim’s son Jaxon Roper in August.”

For those who just graduated from WHS, Galbraith says, “Be confident and seize every opportunity that you can. You never know what will become of it.”

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