My name is Adriana Orozco and this will be my fourth-year at UTEP. I am majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. My expected graduation date is December 2021. As I move closer to my graduation, I must give credit to my parents for their guidance and support. I come from an immigrant family; both of my parents crossed the border from Mexico almost 35 years ago. Education has been an important part of my life as my parents were never able to pursue a higher education in Mexico or here in the States. As a result, they encouraged me to pursue a degree. This was a difficult task, as I had no one to guide me in the right direction. I had to figure out who to contact and where to submit my applications on my own. Now, four years later, I will be the first in my family to graduate from a university, receiving my bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Having access to information is crucial for success, from knowing which store sold the correct spices to make Menudo, to knowing which documents are needed to apply to become an American citizen. That is why I am pursuing a career in research, specifically market research. I believe in the power of accurate and helpful information to help the public and organizations is critical for making informed decisions.
My academic career has brought forth many opportunities. I am certified in Microsoft WORD and PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Photoshop. I am comfortable working in an office environment or independently. I am also able to proficiently translate documents and conversations, as I am bilingual, knowing Spanish and English. I have also volunteered with a part of a couple of organizations including the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at UTEP and helped the CAMP program recruit future participants. I also helped establish a new organization on campus called Mi Tierra, Mi Gente. My volunteer work also extends to a community farm, Tierra es Vida, as well as Voice for the Voiceless, an organization that works in providing shelter to immigrants seeking asylum. I have attended conferences for migrant students and migrant women attending university. I strive to help communities receive critical information that will aid them. I want to be able to be a part of a community that dedicates its time and efforts to helping those in need. The best way to do that is by listening to the community’s needs and providing solutions.
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