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July 11, 2017

“Potential to Research, Develop, Explore”: Jorge Ortiz C’17

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Alumni, Jorge Ortiz, describes why chose North Park.
"The student-faculty relationship is exceptional, and the staff are always helpful when you start any academic project."

One of Jorge Ortiz’s most memorable moments at North Park was the day he graduated. He walked in front of the procession carrying his home-country’s flag, the Ecuadorian colors flying ahead and above him on his way to the stage. “North Park is an institution that has a lot of potential if a student wants to research, develop, or explore; its diversity challenged my perspectives on many of my views.” Jorge counts it a great accomplishment that he “studied and graduated in a foreign country in a foreign language.”

Jorge enjoyed his time at North Park, involving himself in much of what the University has to offer students as far as extracurricular activities. He was president of the Economics Club, as well as a member of the executive team for the inaugural TEDx event held at North Park. Jorge also had this to say about the summer research program he participated in, “the opportunity to do NPRESS with professor Gavoor, studying the relationship between the cost of goods sold and inventory, was one of my favorite opportunities at North Park.”

Life after graduation has served Jorge well, landing a full-time position as a business developer executive at North Side Community Federal Credit Union just two weeks after commencement. Jorge credits North Park’s Career Development and Internships Office with helping him develop a strong resume and offering guidance through his job search. He plans to continue working for the next couple of years and starting graduate school in 2019. “I explored a lot of economic theories at the University. This is a wonderful institution where I made friends for life, including professors who have become mentors.”

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