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Four amazing years at UTEP

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05

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Joe Torres

   It has been four amazing years at UTEP and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

On May 18, I will be the first in my immediate family to have a college degree. I feel very blessed by the Lord and by the people who care about me and have supported my decisions.

When I transferred from NMSU to UTEP, I immediately became happier and smarter. During my time at UTEP, I found, fell in love, and got engaged with my beautiful fiancé Victoria. I became a proud member of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity and I have strengthened my character and skills.

Thank you so much babe for all the support and for always being my better half. You give me so much love, motivation and strength to be the best person I can be. Without you, I don’t know if I would be the same person. Thank you for coming into my life Victoria and putting up with me throughout all the stressful times I have endured at UTEP. I can’t wait to be your husband.

In fall 2009, I made one of the greatest decisions ever and that was to pledge for Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. The brotherhood is just an amazing thing to be a part of. Thank you Adrian for leading me to these great group of individuals. I immediately came out of my shell when I crossed. This opened up so many opportunities for me to serve the community, become a better leader and just hang out with the brothers who will be at my wedding and at my funeral. Thank you Craig and Jaime for the opportunity. Thank you ODPhi for allowing me to be an alumni member.

When I began school at NMSU, I was a computer science major. That was a mistake. That career choice wasn’t for me. I switched schools and switched my major as well. I became a graphic design major at UTEP a choice I am happy I made.

Graphic design is so awesome and allows me to be creative; sometimes it doesn’t feel like work at all. Thanks to all my professors for your help in developing my skills.

I’ve also had to deal with tragedy during my time at UTEP with the loss of my amazing cousin Adrian Bernal. He is one of the main reasons for the type of person I am. He was the greatest role model and I’ve always strived to be at least half the man he was. He was my best friend, my fraternity brother and my cousin. Love you and miss you.

Also, thanks to Vero and The Prospector staff for giving me a chance to be creative. I’ve enjoyed working here and meeting an amazing, friendly staff.

Lastly, thank you to my beautiful mom Letty, my dad Jose, my sisters Jocelyn, Annette, Corina and Sylvia for your love and support throughout my life. I love you all very much. Also, thanks Pauline for being a second mom to me and loving me like your own son. Love you. Thanks Uncle Darren and Aunt Bernie for being my best friends and treating me like a son. You both are a miracle to have and I love you like my own mother and father.

Finally, I DID IT! But the journey has just begun. Thanks UTEP for all the memories.

Joe Torres may NOT be reached at propsector@utep.edu.

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