Alumni Throwback: Jose Robles

Jose Robles, ’12

UPC Marketing & Syndicate, 2009-2012 (deployed 2011)

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What was your fondest memory at UPC?

Just the staff. Everyone was friendly and welcoming; they welcomed me with open arms when I got there. It was a great environment.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

Working with the volunteer committee. I think they’re called something different now, but working with the volunteers was great. Building student leaders was the most fun. It was about being a student leader and building new ones.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at UPC?

It was really just experience. Getting out there and learning what it’s like communicating with people. Be professional, putting on events, and making the student body happy.

Where did you go after graduating?

I worked for a year as a federal police officer. During that time, I was applying for law school. That was my goal. I missed it because I was deployed that year, but, when I got back, I applied for a scholarship. I studied for the LSAT through a prep-course. I took the test, got the score I needed, and applied to Texas A&M. I got in in 2014. I’m graduating in two months. I was supposed to graduate last year, but I got deployed. I got injured while I was out there and came back. I’m retiring early from the military.

What do you enjoy about being in law school?

I really enjoy it. You hear a lot of people being stressed out about it, but I think it’s interesting. It’s just about learning and understanding the law, and how it applies to the world.

How would you say that your time at UPC prepared you for your career as a lawyer?

Public speaking. I was very timid. UPC really helped me learn how to speak on a platform, which has helped me in law school.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

I really do miss the people the most. we built some comradery during college. Some of the people I worked with at UPC were some of my best friends. I maintain those connections to this day, but we’ve moved on with our lives and don’t get to see each other everyday.

What advice do you have for current students?

If you have dream, work for it. Don’t be scared. Also, college is not the end of the road. There’s more to life. Just live.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

Piranha.

What’s something you could not live without?

My iphone.

What is on your music playlist?

Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears.

What is your favorite color?

Black.

What can you not leave the house without?

My challenge coin, from the military.

If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

Drinking mai tais on a beach somewhere.