Hundreds of students from around the Borderland will descend on UTEP next weekend for a taste of college life, but on Thursday morning the college previewed the upcoming experience.
The Annual ‘Orange & Blue Day‘ is set to get underway Saturday, February 4th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is an opportunity for students and their family to get a firsthand experience of what life is like as a student at UTEP.
“Orange and Blue Day is the opportune time for any prospective high school junior or senior student and their parents to obtain a full perspective on all the wonderful things that are happening at The University of Texas at El Paso,” said Michael Talamantes, director of UTEP’s Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
“All participants will get a firsthand look at our existing vibrant campus culture in which every student and supporter of UTEP are integral family members of an ever-growing Miner Nation: a Miner Nation that is welcoming and a long-lasting support system for every student to achieve their dreams,” Talamantes added.
Some students even begin their journey to becoming a Miner long before graduating high school.
Elfa Beaven, a High School Senior who began her college journey via the early college program at El Paso Community College as a Freshman, is currently taking junior-level classes at UTEP says the choice to continue here at home was a natural one.
“My parents went to UTEP…when I was young, I would spend time here on campus,” Elfa says, “it was my second home, I’ve always been here and once I started taking classes here is when I really want to be.”
She adds, “If you go to a bigger city, a bigger college, it’s like they really don’t want to talk to you or deal with your college issues…here everyone wants to help you…I can walk up to anyone and they’ll be nice and talk to me and help me. That’s why UTEP was my only choice.”
In addition to college showcases, event attendees will have an opportunity to experience campus, explore on-campus housing, view live stage presentations and learn all about admissions, scholarship and financial aid.
Additionally, the Alumni Association and Parents Association will be hosting a parents and family session in the Alumni lodge. Prospective students will also get a taste of the many clubs and on-campus events. During the involvement fair meet current students and learn more about: Student government, Greek life, Intramural sports, Clubs/Organizations, and more.
Isabel Sanchez, President-Elect of the Parent Association at UTEP knows first hand about the crucial role that parents can play in their children’s college life – her son graduated in May, and she was right there with him, on campus.
“I started my road with UTEP and my son during one of the ‘Orange and Blue’ days a few years back,” Sanchez shares, “As he went off to find out about engineering and the college, I went off with the parents and found out how college works…and what do we do as parents.”
It was that parental contact, along with help from UTEP staffers, that put both her and her son at ease.
“If I felt comfortable here, I knew he would feel comfortable as well…so sending my son ‘away’ to college became a very easy decision,” Sanchez adds.
It all kicks off at Centennial Plaza with a pep rally showcasing UTEP spirit and tradition; including a big welcome from the university pep band, cheerleaders and an introduction to The University of Texas at El Paso.
Afterwards, high school seniors will have the opportunity to attend two college showcases of their choice. These sessions will be interactive college experiences showcasing all the things the various colleges and schools offer incoming students. They’ll also get to tour research labs and learn about majors and degree programs in each college.
What: Orange and Blue Day Campus Experience at UTEP
When: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 (Pep rally begins at 9 a.m.)
Where: Centennial Plaza, UTEP campus
To register for Orange and Blue Day, visit sa.utep.edu/orangeandblueday. Only prospective students need a registration ticket for the event. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at 915-747-5890.