Julian Martinez, 21, is a senior at UT Pan American and plans to graduate with a premedical biology and chemistry degree in Spring 2016. He is a graduate of McAllen Memorial High School. Martinez is a part of the Pre-Medical Honors College Program and has earned conditional acceptance into Baylor College of Medicine for Fall 2016. At UTPA, Martinez is a member of the Alpha Lamda Delta and Golden Key International Honor Societies where he frequently volunteers around campus and the community. He also works for the Office of P-16 Initiatives as a collegiate mentor for high school students at McAllen High School and tutors biology, chemistry, and physics at the Learning Assistance Center. Martinez regularly spends his time volunteering and shadowing physicians in local hospitals while also remaining active on the tennis and basketball court.
Awards/Honors: Dean’s List, Fall 2012-Spring 2015; UTPA Meritorious Scholarship recipient, Fall 2012-present; Hearst Foundation Pre-Med Scholarship recipient, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013; Pre-Med Scholars Scholarship recipient, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014; Greater Texas Foundation Scholarship recipient, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015; G-Force Mentor of the Month, April 2015; and Intramural Tennis Champion, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I will be attending Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I plan on graduating with a medical degree and pursuing my dream to becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
Do you plan to return to the Valley? After completing my education in medical school in Houston, returning to the Rio Grande Valley remains a tempting option for me. It would be a pleasure to assist the community that molded me into the person that I am today. The Valley will always be home to me and it would be a privilege to be a part of its health care system.
What has your education done for you? My education has not only opened many doors but has also opened my mind to think both critically and creatively. The education I have received at UTPA has led me to grow as a person and has allowed me to obtain a tighter grasp on both local and world issues. I have gained valuable insight and have acquired a strong skill set that I will carry on with me for the rest of my life.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience? My experience as a UTPA Bronc has been a fruitful one due to the many opportunities and people that I have come face to face with. The professors at UTPA have been nothing short of brilliant and have opened my eyes to the world of medicine. I am forever grateful for the strong relationships I have made with UTPA students and faculty.
What is your best tip for success? First, I believe it is crucial for people to find a subject or issue that they are passionate about. The next step is to then work hard to try and make a difference in that field. It is key to never give up on the idea that there is always room for growth and improvement. One must never get discouraged on the path to becoming the best.
What advice do you have for college-bound students? College-bound students should enter higher education with an open mind and a heart full of enthusiasm. There will be many humbling moments while in college but it is important to keep your head up high and learn from every situation. I encourage students to get as involved with their university and community as possible. Students should never be afraid to expose themselves to the unique opportunities that college has to offer.