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Victor Martinez had his eye on the University of Houston-Downtown's Scholars Academy right out of high school and he graduated from the prestigious program with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science in spring 2011.
"One of my teachers from high school knew somebody at UHD in the Scholars Academy and told me about the scholarship opportunities so I decided to go to UHD," said Martinez.
The Scholars Academy assigns faculty and peer mentors to promote achievement and serve as an information resource for new students. As students progress through school their peer mentors graduate and they, themselves, become mentors. "The last three years I have been a mentor," he said.
Once at UHD, Martinez said he really liked the small classes. "Talking to friends (at other schools) they barely talked to their professors and as a sophomore, I already knew my professors personally," he said.
He also liked the opportunities to participate in UHD's clubs and organizations. He served as vice president of the Environmental Club and as a Student Government Association senator. "You make friendships with people you might not meet if you weren't involved with the organization," he said. "It gives you school pride because you feel more connected to your school, and you're doing something for your school."
Post-graduation, Martinez plans to work, and then return to graduate school in software engineering.
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