Ryan: How has your time here at Oxford changed you as a person?
Victor: “I guess it made me realize there are so many differences in the world, like me coming to Oxford, there’s people from different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds, different beliefs and seeing them in person really makes you question your own beliefs and it makes you understand why people behave in the way they do which helps you obtain the greater understanding of them. So I feel all in all, me coming to Oxford has really helped me be aware of the differences that people have with each other and you can use those differences to understand people and reach better decisions when it comes to community-wide decisions.”
Ryan: How has being an RA affected your interaction with people on campus?
Victor: “I feel the same like last year, if anything people are more cautious towards me. I feel as if people before spoke freely to me whatever the matter was, whether it was in regards to a party, or just anything in general, but now I feel as if people are hesitant in a way and cautious and I don’t want it to be that way. I want them to know as an RA, I am a resource and it shouldn’t feel intimidating in any way to come to me. I feel as if I’d hope to be the same person as I am last year, and I wish others would see that way as well, even being an RA.”
Ryan: Being a member on the soccer team, how have you been able to balance your schedule?
Victor: “I don’t even know if I’ve even balanced it yet. I mean, it’s tough because you know me being an RA, on the soccer team, being on the pre-med track, and taking organic chemistry and biology, like they’re all things I want to do and they require time and commitment, and they are all things I love so I guess with me being on the soccer team, like I’ve really had to cut out like distractions. I felt last semester when I was on soccer, even when I was on or off soccer, I sort of slacked in a way, like when I had free time to myself I took advantage of that in a bad way; I took naps and sort of just messed around with friends and I realized that time could’ve been spent more efficiently. So I guess this year what’s changed is all the commitments I have, so even with soccer and balancing that, I feel like I’ve done a better job of cutting more of those, sort of, side activities that won’t go anywhere. I’ve become much more prioritized in the work I do, how I do it, and if something doesn’t fit into my schedule I tend not to pay too much mind into it because in the end, in the broad scheme of things, it won’t really help me get me where I want to be which is to generate success, maintain my mental and physical health while also being successful in sports, my job as an RA, and academics of all.”
Ryan: How did you become interested in the pre-med track?
Victor: “I guess one thing was I find out what I wasn’t into definitely, I mean I knew I wasn’t into business or law. I didn’t see myself, I didn’t really see a life with those two, but I got a lot more into pre-med after I had a few injuries in high school and I saw a sports medicine doctor and I worked with him closely. Seeing the work he did really helped me decide what I want to do because personally I wanted to do because I wanted to be a person who helps people get past problems and help them and give them information on how to live a better life. It was very similar to what that doctor did to me and what all doctors do. I feel in essence, a lot of doctors, well all doctors that are geared towards one, helping people maintain better style of living through either treating them, informing them, and also just relieving their issues that are causing them stress in life and I feel like that’s the biggest thing about being a doctor and I’ve become really interested in that idea that is essential in being a doctor.”
Ryan: What have you done to prepare for the next step in your field?
Victor: “I think what I’ve done that really helped me, I’ve become a lot more aware. I guess I had this idea of being a doctor and I had an idea of what a doctor was, but like with any choice in life, there’s a reality to it and as you get older you start to see that reality. So I’ve done a good job I feel with exposing myself to that reality. I’ve taken some this summer to volunteer at hospitals and shadow a few doctors. I wanted to do some research but I didn’t get to that, I wanted to do research to get the full scope to see what a doctor does. But I feel like the work I’ve done to bring me through a reality of what a doctor does has really helped me decide that is this something I want to do or pursue, and that’s all there is to it.”
Ryan: What kind of advice could you give to freshmen in their first semester?
Victor: “Stay focused. I know when you’re around 18 or 19, you become an adult, you think “oh I have more freedom now, I can go out, no one’s going to tell me “no” I’m in college, I have a curfew” and there’s always the other gender; males, females, people you’re interested in and these distractions come and at times they seem so good and so precious, but also I feel like a lot freshman lose sight of what they come to college for and their end goal. I feel no matter what you do in college, whether it’s to have fun, get those good grades, whatever your idea of good grades are like, you do that in regards to what your end product is, what you see yourself doing in life and I feel as if everyone can do it, but those who don’t aren’t able to do so because I feel like they lose sight of themselves before coming to college. When they come to college, they have all these things that come to them such as parties, or just the freedom of being away at college and other friends, the other gender. These distractions are precious, but I feel students can always keep sight of their goal and do whatever it takes to achieve it, they can surely obtain it.”
I chose to interview my RA, Victor for this interview. I asked him questions based on life at Oxford, advice for freshman, and advice based off our respective futures. Victor really emphasized the diversity on the Oxford campus and how it has opened up his mind to see the world differently. Many people in America are limited to only having interaction between two different types of ethnic backgrounds. Being able to live on the Oxford campus, everyone’s mind is much wider due to the abundant amount of ethnic backgrounds throughout the student body. Victor has made many new friends at his time so far at Oxford but also doesn’t want his title of being an “RA” change anything. “I feel as if people before spoke freely to me whatever the matter was, whether it was in regards to a party, or just anything in general, but now I feel as if people are hesitant in a way and cautious and I don’t want it to be that way.” He definitely wish people would know he is still the normal guy he is and wants people to use him a resource as opposed to being scared to talk to him.
Students at Oxford tend to be very involved in extracurriculars whether it’s clubs, athletics, or anything else. Being involved makes time management such a big role in being successful as a student at Oxford. Victor says, “I’ve become much more prioritized in the work I do, how I do it, and if something doesn’t fit into my schedule I tend not to pay too much mind into it because in the end, in the broad scheme of things, it won’t really help me get me where I want to be.” With so many possible distractions and activities going on, it is crucial to be able to say “No” to things and focus on what is important. Victor is headed on the pre-med track and is looking to become a doctor. With any profession you are looking towards, he stressed the importance of finding out what you want to do in life and preparing for the realities of the challenge. Through previous injuries, he has been able to form a relationship with a sports medicine doctor that taught and helped a lot when he was going through his injuries in high school which inspired him to study in the medical field. He has gained a lot of experience in the medical field by working at local hospitals to help him move in the right direction in being a doctor. Overall, Victor passed on some advice which included to “stay focused.” With all the different types and tempting distractions, it is easy to fall off the track and forget why we came to college. As college students, we must stay focused to do whatever it takes to reach our end goal.