This article is part of an ongoing series, in which students document their experiences, both on campus and beyond, from their unique perspective.  

Cristobal Quiroz ’21 is a Biology and Political Science double major. His favorite part of Austin is the scenery. ‘There are so many trees, bodies of water and wildlife, and I find that so refreshing,” he says. “Coming from a desert city, it was a very big change moving to Austin, and I’m loving every minute of it!” Quiroz took these photos during a busy spring weekend.

A view of the Texas capitol

As a part of the course Legislation and Lobbying, I had to go to the capitol to lobby for HB 3008 and HB 3009. I was with my good friend Giovanna DiNapoli, who also took the course. 

Josephine Kitchen

One of my favorite things to do in Austin is go out to eat. Josephine Kitchen has a really nice patio area, where I often come to do homework and enjoy a meal.


The St. Edward’s campus is especially beautiful during spring, where bluebonnets grow throughout campus. I take this picturesque path every time I finish with tennis practice.

Tennis Club

Tennis is one of the biggest aspects of my experience here at St. Edward’s. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I play alongside the other members of the Tennis Club. Join if you can. It’s so fun!

German Shepherd

Moving to Austin permanently allowed me to bring my dog Peanut Butter along. She’s a German Shepherd and loves getting belly rubs. 

BIG Event

This picture was taken at the BIG Event, a community service event hosted by the Student Government Association, of which I am a Senator. It is an awesome event where St. Edward’s students can give back to the community!

More About Cristobal

Where did you grow up? I’m originally from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. I lived there for several years before moving to El Paso, Texas, the border city to Juarez. Once I started college, my family decided to move to Austin to stay close.

What inspires you? First and foremost, my mother, who immigrated to the United States to give me a better life. In addition, all of the minorities who continue to surpass all expectations and keep fighting for a better future for everyone inspire me tremendously. 

What do you do in your free time?In my free time (something that basically doesn’t exist), I like to read, play tennis, and — of course, as all of my friends know — go out to eat!

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