Some students enter college unsure of their path, dabbling in majors until they find what best suits them. Others know right off the bat.
For University of Houston-Victoria sophomore Oscar Torres, the decision was easy.
Torres grew up with a front-row seat to his fatherís business endeavors, watching as he built a company from the ground up.
ďHe didnít have the opportunity to go to college but worked three jobs to support my family while I was growing up,Ē he said of his father, who also is named Oscar. ďHe worked so hard and now he owns his own pest control business. He did it.Ē
Torres said his fatherís experience inspired his decision to major in business management.
ďHopefully one day Iíll take over my dadís business,Ē he said. ďBut whatever happens, I know for sure Iíll be in the business field once I graduate. Itís something Iíve wanted to do for a long time.Ē
Entrepreneurial aspirations arenít the only thing that fills the 20-year-oldís schedule.
Torres also holds down two on-campus tutoring jobs, assisting students with writing and speeches. Whether itís speech anxiety, paper organization, grammar issues or other problems, he said he does what he can to help.
ďI enjoy meeting new people, and I like to socialize, so itís a good job for me to have right now,Ē he said. ďI think thatís partly why I want to go into business because whether youíre in sales or marketing or just helping customers, you have to be able to talk to people.Ē
The Victoria native graduated from Memorial High School in 2010 and said it was UHVís tuition rates, combined with its small class sizes that led him to become a Jaguar.
While Torres has enjoyed his college experience, he admitted the transition took some adjustment. He advises other students to avoid getting overwhelmed when first starting out.
ďIf you have a research paper due at the end of the month, donít procrastinate,Ē he said. ďItís easy to put things off, but it just makes life harder. Stay focused, have fun, but also take classes seriously. Everything will be OK.Ē
I am a Jaguar is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, contact Paula Cobler, UHV interim director of marketing and communications, or call 361-570-4350.