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Ever David Florez was the first in his family to graduate from high school in the United States and go on to pursue a college education. After taking time off from school to work and gain experience, Florez is on track to finish his international business degree and is proud of himself for reaching this milestone.
"A college degree is a huge accomplishment and I wanted to set a good example for my younger siblings and for my family," Florez said.
Florez began his college career at UHD in 2002, but said he lacked the focus to complete his degree. He began working for a large corporation and discovered his love of business. When he decided to return to college after five years in the workplace, he had invaluable experience and a clear idea of what his future could be.
"Working in the business world helped me a lot when I came back to school," he said. "I have experience with the ideas and concepts I learn in the classroom, which is an advantage for me. I also realize how many more opportunities I could have with a college degree."
Florez plans to graduate from UHD in December 2013 with a degree in international business and then pursue a master's degree in business law.
"I chose international business because I wanted the ability to travel for a company and experience other cultures," he said. "I love living in Houston, but I've been here my whole life and haven't had time to travel or take vacations. With a degree in international business, I can explore the world."
His worldly exploits will begin in the Spring 2013 semester as he participates in a business study abroad program in France. While he's excited about the adventure, he admits he will miss his family and his work with the UHD theater program.
Florez, who is minoring in theater, is very active in the UHD theater. He has directed, acted and worked backstage for almost every production since he returned to UHD. He originally joined the theater as a way to combat shyness, but soon found a passion for acting.
"Theater started out as just a hobby, but now it's more than that. I've made lifelong friends through my participation," he said. "And that's one of the things I love most about UHD - the sense of community and closeness among students and faculty. We're a family."
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