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Miners make their way to new frontiers post-graduation

Jairus Muller

Jairus Muller, a senior graduating with a bachelor’s degree in digital media production, plans on returning to San Diego, California, after graduation, where he’s originally from.

“Hopefully I’m going to get a position in radio,” Muller said. “I’m interning at KTEP, and I’m going to start applying for jobs and open positions back home in California.”

Muller said a CBS radio station would be his ideal workplace.

“I really want to be in radio, people are always telling me ‘oh you’re so good at talking’ and I have the voice for it and I have the personality for it, so I guess you can consider it a dream,” Muller said.

Muller also dreams of being a musician, a hobby which he first started before coming to El Paso two years ago.

“I think being a musician might give me a leg up depending on what I’m going to be working. My major also incorporates film, so I’d like to do films as well, I’ve done documentaries too,” Muller said. “My dream would be something related to all of these.”

Kimberly Gonzalez

Kimberly Gonzalez, a forensics science major, plans to apply to the biomedical science graduate school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

“I want to do a master’s in forensic genetics,” Gonzalez said. “It is the only school that I found that is science-based program. They don’t focus so much on the criminal justice aspect, but more on the science part, which I am interested in.”

Gonzalez said her master’s degree focuses on DNA analysis along with some regular classes in biology and genetics, and thinks her field is one of the many demands of society nowadays.

“With my master’s, I want to be able to join the FBI to work on DNA analysis in their lab because, with this career, you are taking care of not just yourself, but everybody involved and also, indirectly, you are taking care of all the little animals, which is mainly why I do things,” Gonzalez said. “That is my drive.”

Eduardo Miranda

Eduardo Miranda, a mechanical engineering major, plans to work in his field after graduation.

“I got a job offer as an assistance engineer with Lockheed Martin Corp., and I will be moving to Orlando, Florida, in January,” Miranda said.” I want to be able to see what is out there, get out of my comfort zone. Lockheed Martin is one of the companies known for their innovation, so I am really glad to be part of that.”

Miranda is from Mexico, and said that one of his early dreams was to finish college in the U.S. He never thought about getting a government job after UTEP.

“One of my dreams is to contribute to society, finding new innovative ways to power cars, trucks or any kind of vehicle because we usually use a lot of petroleum and in massive amounts,” Miranda said. “I want to also change the environment by powering cars without cutting the emissions of any vehicle.”

Roxana Rodriguez

Roxana Rodriguez, majoring in biology with a biomedical concentration, plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her reason for going for her master’s first and then to medical school is because she wants to make sure she’s ready.

“I want to be more prepared and be a more competitive candidate for Mexico. In the mean time, I want to do research on thyroid cancer,” Rodriguez said.

She also siad that UT Health Science Center is one of the institutes working with thyroid cancer under the watch of two professors. According to Rodriguez, having these advisors increases the chance to beat cancer.

“I don’t want to go into a area that’s already pretty well covered, I want to go into another research in cancer that hasn’t been discovered yet,” Rodriguez said.

Jaqlyn Alderete

Jaqlyn Alderete, senior organizational and corporate communication major, has just applied to Hispanics Association of Colleges and Universities internship in Washington D.C.

“I am graduating one semester early and to be honest, I don’t know if I am fully ready to be put in a full-time position. So I am looking for some kind of program post-graduation that is a good link of just being at school to be a professional full-time job,” Alderete said.

Alderete says this internship will give her the opportunity to be a mentor to someone and it will also add to her professional development. She said she chose Washington due to her previous visit in spring 2015 for the Archer Fellowship.

“I was interning at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and I absolutely fell in love with the work that they did there and I needed to go back,” Alderete said. “Right now I am determined to go over there because I think it’s crucial more than ever to have people from a bi-national region to go and represent their perspectives and also to put that Democratic perspective there with such a large Republican majority coming in.”

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