Hello Future Husky! My name is Ryan Allen and I am beyond ecstatic to be your admissions counselor!
I am a Houston native and true lover of this great Lone Star State. I am the oldest of three siblings and a first generation college graduate. Although I loved and cherished my home, I craved a change of scenery after high school. This led me to pursue a college degree, far away from Houston, at Texas Tech University. As a student at Tech, I gained my first experience in admissions by working with the school’s orientation team where we assisted over 7,000 incoming freshman, and their parents, with financial aid, class registration, and over all transition from high school to college life.
In 2012 I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Advertising, and upon graduation I moved to San Antonio, TX. where I worked for a Fortune 500 company. After being away from home for over eight years, I was anxious to get back to my roots. This longing led me to move back to Houston in 2016 where I have since served over 1700 hours as an AmeriCorps member at a local, Houston, high school. During my service, I assisted low income, undocumented, and first generation college students with college access and readiness. This type of service allowed me to give back to the students in my community who were just like me when I began my higher education journey. This helped me to realize my passion in guiding others towards the opportunity of pursuing their educational dreams.
I can’t wait to walk alongside of you as you make your first steps towards your college education. It is my pleasure to assist you in one of the most important decisions of your life. I hope you’re ready, because here we go!