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Freshman Finds Direction to Meet Neurology Career Goal

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 18, 2014 – Esteban Sosa believes he has found the clearest path to medical school, and he did not have to go far to find it.

Sosa, 18, of Brownsville applied to 50 universities of all sizes nationwide. But when he heard about The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Accelerated Professional Relevant Integrated Medical Education – Transformation of Medical Education initiative, he knew he found the right place for him.

“It would make an easier transition to medical school and make it easier to do internships as an undergraduate,” said Sosa, a freshman biomedical sciences major.

Sosa is a first generation university student in his family. He is also a University Scholar and a member of the university’s College Assistant Migrant Program.

University Scholar Esteban Sosa is an entering freshman who will be studying biomedical sciences this fall. Friday, August 08, 2014 at the Student Union.

Within the bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences program, Sosa is a member of the a partnership between the University of Texas System, The University of Texas at El Paso, UTB, UTPA, The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Participating students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of medicine degree in six years. This year’s second cohort for APRIME-TIME is 23 students.

“We are not competing with each other to go to medical school,” said Sosa. “We are helping each other to go to medical school.”

Sosa will join other new students at Freshman Convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at the Student Union’s Gran Salon. The university is hosting the fifth annual event to welcome new freshmen to the university.

Sosa was born in Miami, Okla.in the northeast corner of the state. He moved with his family to Brownsville when he was 7.

“They really helped me keep in mind my goals,” said Sosa. “They would encourage me that this is what I want and I would regret it later. I’m setting an example for my younger brother that you can go far if you really want to.”

Sosa was the valedictorian of the Class of 2014 at Brownsville’s Lopez High School. He took classes on the high school’s health science career and biomedical science pathways. Sosa was also active in the high school’s VIDA Club which prepares income taxes for people in need.

“I really had to prioritize,” said Sosa. “I was really organized with my planner. I know what to do and knowing what homework to do first.”

In his spare time, Sosa likes to play guitar and piano and read. He wants to one day write a novel combining his favorite genres: comedy, fiction and romance.

At Freshman Convocation, student leaders will present flags from each college and will hear from recent alumni who have earned degrees at UTB. A representative of the Student Government Association will speak and Ozzie the Ocelot will ring the university’s bell.

A post-Freshmen Convocation reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 in the Courtyard at Main. The reception will feature music, bell shaped cookies and lemonade and the chance for students to meet faculty members.

Freshman Convocation is part of the university’s Ocelot Weeks of Welcome from Wednesday, Aug. 20 to Friday, Sept. 12. Events include a Find Your Classes Tour of Campus, Orange Crush, the Involvement Fair, the Career Exploration and Networking Fair, the New Student Day of Service, the International Student Meet and Great and Ocelot Splash Day.

For more information, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 956-882-5134.

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