Oscar Abraham Ramos Chacon, 21, is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in mass communication at The University of Texas-Pan American. At UTPA, Ramos has volunteered to help students with disabilities as a note taker, painted picnic tables to support campus spirit, served as the swimming captain in the Tri4edu Triathlon two consecutive years as well as a coach for the UTPA Swimming Club, and represented UTPA at several national conferences. He has been able to grow his leadership skills thanks to activities he has participated in at the College of Business Administration (CoBA) and the American Marketing Association (AMA). His work with the CoBA dean, faculty and students serving as a social media specialist and his service as an AMA officer for more than two years has greatly enhanced his interpersonal, research and team skills. Ramos has also been a student leader mentor with the MAP (My Achievement Plan), a program designed to recruit and train top CoBA juniors and seniors to serve as mentors to CoBA freshmen. In addition, as a research assistant, Ramos led a team in a social media research project that was presented at UTPA’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.
Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, Spring and Fall, 2013 and Spring 2014; Excellence Scholarship, 2013 and 2014; National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2014; Golden Key International Honour Society, 2014; Who’s Who Among Students in America Universities & Colleges, Fall 2014; Student Employee of the Year nominee, Spring 2014; and Student Track Scholarship recipient, 28th HACU Annual Conference, Fall 2014.
What are your plans after graduation? I am certain I will continue to prepare, discover and transform my life throughout my last two years in college. I plan to keep good work flowing, accomplishing a successful internship this upcoming summer 2015, going to study abroad in Germany, and pursuing an MBA in marketing – all of which will prepare me to one day relocate to the northern U.S. to start working and bearing the fruits of my education.
Do you plan to return to the Valley? I plan to return to the Valley when I feel ready to open my own business, bringing all my expertise to the place that saw me grow.
What has your education done for you? My education has opened my eyes to reality and is preparing me for what I want to do with my life.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience? I won’t ever regret coming to UTPA to obtain my BBA in marketing. Here at Pan Am I have found more than education, friends, and experiences, I have found a family.
What is your best tip for success? Everyone has their own definition for success, maybe mine is not the same as yours, but what is always key is to do your best, and forget the rest. Dare to try new adventures, challenge yourself, and always remember to never give up in this amazing once in a lifetime journey.
What advice do you have for college-bound students? I firmly believe that the combination of school, work, and extracurricular activities leads to academic and professional success. Participating in all three is not easy, but will lead to great experiences and maturity. I suggest that students should try to be more “out there,” get involved, and learn from mistakes because that’s what helps you learn and be successful.