Follow these Hilltoppers around for a day, and you’ll get a great sense of what makes our students special, and the St. Edward’s experience so rewarding. Even though these students are members of the same dynamic campus community, their college experiences are as individual as they are. We’ll show you — with lots of photos and videos — a day in the life of each and how they’re creating their own unique paths to success.

Taylor Huey sits in red chair at the Munday Library

Life on campus looks different in a pandemic, but Mathematics major Taylor Huey ’21 is making a big impact through her involvement in the Student Government Association.


Good friends and good coffee help Vivian Phillips ’21 stay on track with her studies, social justice work and a campus job. Her busy days include interning with the Equal Justice Center, where she assists callers seeking to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, work permits. 

Jovahana Avila walking from the Texas State Capitol.

What happens when a student spends her first three years on the hilltop taking risks? She opens doors to internships, volunteer opportunities and campus involvements that help create her future. Get to know Jovahana Avila ’19, and you’ll see how seizing the day can bring out your best.

Stella Cunningham does research with the Nature Conservancy

Her summer internship with the Nature Conservancy in Austin inspired Stella Cunningham ’21, a Mathematics major, to consider a career in data science. Cunningham collected data on air quality, plants and wildlife along a fragile urban watershed. Follow her for a day of fieldwork.

Joshua Rios talks with his research professor

Josh Rios ’20 has two passions: science and photography. And he found ways to explore both at St. Edward’s. Rios studied essential oil production in peppermint plants under the guidance of his biology professor. Take a look at how his art and science activities shaped a fulfilling day.

Getting the Most from College

Ben Griffith runs along a running trail at Lady Bird Lake with the Austin skyline in the backround.

Ben Griffith ’18, former student body president, packed plenty into his days on the hilltop. In the summer of his senior year, we tagged along with Griffith from dawn to dusk to document his daily routine on campus and around Austin. See where he took us — his top tips for a having a great college experience.

Stephen Reye with his host family in France

Stephen Reye’s ’21 says his host family was vital to his experience during his semester at the St. Edward’s flagship partner university in Angers, France. “I consider them my second family.” Find out what Reye learned about himself and French culture while living and studying abroad.