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Scars are second to success

Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05


The Prospector


“I was the editor of the school newspaper and in drama club and choir, so I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense, but I think I was known for being relatively scathing.” – Tina Fey.

My idol is Tina Fey, not because I’m funny and I look up to her for being an actress or a comedian, but because when I first saw “30 Rock,” I wanted to be like her. No, I didn’t want to be Liz Lemon, even though I wouldn’t mind it, but I wanted to be successful and still maintain who I was. When I first started college, I did not feel like that.

The kicker came a year before I moved back to El Paso. I was in a car accident, which resulted in a pole going through my leg, leaving a rather noticeable scar. I remember waking up every morning telling myself I was not beautiful. I’d look at my leg and curse it for ruining any chance I could have at success. I was blaming it for my problems until I moved back to El Paso and enrolled at UTEP.

There is one person who influenced so much of what I did here at UTEP and I have to thank him for a lot of stuff. The first day of my introduction to video class no one wanted to sit with me in the front row until this guy in a black beanie and black shorts not only sat up front with me, but right next to me. Little did I know I’d gain a love/hate relationship with that beanie and that Henry Arrambide would become my best friend and the love of my life. We managed to pull each other forward, kicking and screaming at times. But no matter what, he never lets me fall back on my mistakes and I have tried to do the same for him. I hope he feels the same.

He helped me realize that I missed being a writer, which landed me right back in journalism. I applied for a position with The Prospector and for some reason ended up with a job as a sports writer. William Vega opened a door for me by not only hiring me, but pulling me out of my comfort zone. I hated sports. I never watched sports and I couldn’t tell you a thing about football or basketball. I watched a little bit of hockey and frankly, if someone wasn’t punching someone else, I got bored. Will saw past that and found the sports writer in me and I have to thank him for being able to write this right now. Then there are Aaron Martinez and Kathy Flores.

Boss man, a.k.a Aaron, you must have seen something in me to promote me to entertainment editor, and I hope that amongst the jokes and late-night adventures, I didn’t make you regret your decision. Kathy, I think I know what you meant when you said I was better than the way I was portraying myself. You taught me to be strong and to stand up for things I believe in. We may not have known each other for very long, but in my heart you’ll forever remain a mentor through all the craziness that happened during this last semester.

I have to also thank everyone at KTEP. I discovered audio as an art form in Pat Piotrowski’s audio in media class. He and Dennis Woo gave me a chance to experience something completely new by hiring me to work at KTEP and after that experience, I feel more prepared then ever for the outside world.

Tina Fey has a scar on her face and she said that when her traumatic incident happened, she never let it bother her. I was letting my accident and everything that had happened before it get to me and the minute I stopped focusing on it, I became a better person. I was no longer that awkward girl from high school. So, all I can say at the end of this is to never let anything hold you back. As Tina said as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”: “Sometimes the right thing and the hard thing are the same thing. I read that on a tea bag.”

Krystal Oblinger may NOT be reached at

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