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January Pride of ASU - Pedro Ortega

January 06, 2017

This month’s Pride of ASU is Pedro Ortega. Pedro recently graduated from ASU with a Biology degree. While in school, Pedro was involved with various groups on campus, including Tri-Beta and AMAS.



Name: Pedro D Ortega IV

Major: Biology

Classification: Graduate Student

Graduation: Fall 2016

Hometown: Sweetwater, TX


How did you learn about ASU?

I learned about ASU my sophomore year in high school through an AVID program.


Why did you want to attend ASU?

College was a last-minute decision for me –originally, I was going straight to the workforce– but I couldn’t help but notice how at home I felt at ASU. San Angelo is small but it has an active community in art and the university itself is tightknit. That, and I knew I’d have support from both the university with scholarships and family considering the location.


What is your favorite thing about ASU?

I love how willing the faculty is to help. As a transfer student, managing the courses needed and whether the credits counted was awkward at times, but members of the administrative office, Multicultural Center, and biology department always went the extra mile to help me out. I consider a lot of them friends.


What are some of your hobbies?

Reading and running have always been favorite pastimes for me, but lately I’ll volunteer at the Natural History Collection skinning and skeletonizing small mammals and birds. Taking samples of their heart, liver, and kidneys to be added to the NHC may come off as a bit bizarre to those who don’t appreciate it, but I enjoy the practice all the same.


Are you involved in any student organizations?

Since freshman year, AMAS (Association of Mexican American Students) has been a big part of my college experience. A lively group, they’re all about family and being there for one another.

Tri-Beta (Biological Honor Society) was introduced to me my first sophomore semester and is responsible for me changing my major from animal science to biology that same semester. I have been a representative and active member for two years now.

As a first generation student and daily visitor to the Multicultural Center, the Host/Mentor Program was inevitable. This program has provided me with a host family and multiple volunteer opportunities to share and celebrate the differences between cultures. I am very thankful for them.


Do you work on campus? If so, where and what are your responsibilities?

I work at The Angelo State Natural History Collection as a student assistant to the dermestid beetle colony and field work specimens. It’s my job to record and feed the bugs whatever animals we catch during research and want as a part of our collection. That, and making sure the integrity of the bones remains well enough to be displayed afterwards.


What is one piece of advice you would give to help college students succeed?

Get to know your professors and the resources available to you. The library, clinic, student services center, and multicultural center are all here for you, and if they can’t fix the issue, they’ll find someone who can. College is tough, then there’s friends, family, work, bills, and your own needs on top of that. Don’t get too caught up with the little things to see the end goal. What you’re doing here is not insignificant.