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Student Spotlight: Ami Torres

By Annawynn Drury, Panhandle State Collegian on 09/13/2017 Ami Torres —Photo Courtesy Panhandle State Campus CommunicationsAmi Torres —Photo Courtesy Panhandle State Campus Communications

Ami Torres is a senior majoring in marketing with minors in finance and computer graphics. She is a Guymon, Okla. local and is involved in a handful of different organizations on campus that have helped her gain the most out of her college experience.

“I am the vice president of HALO (Hispanic American Leadership Organization) and have attended numerous conferences with HALO which has made me become a better leader and role model; it has given me many opportunities for internships and networking with several important people.”

In addition to HALO, she is also involved in PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) which is a business club. “I am the Vice President of PBL, I participated in the State Leadership Competition where I received first place in Client Service.” This summer Ami had the opportunity to attend the PBL National Leadership Conference.

Ami’s involvement in these clubs have been very pivotal to her growth while at Panhandle State.

This year Ami participated in the Hispanic Quiz Bowl. “Hispanic College Quiz was a great experience. The quiz went well, and I encourage everyone to watch the show. The Hispanic College Quiz will air during Hispanic Heritage Month. My favorite part was being able to experience how it really is to be in a TV Show.”

It seems that Ami is constantly on the move. Last summer she was an intern with Brown & Associates. “The internship was great; it helped me grow my communication skills. Dianna Brown and the staff were wonderful and treated me like family. After my internship, I was offered the chance to become an insurance agent and I accepted. I have been working for Brown & Associates for a year now. Dianna is very supportive in everything I do in college and I really appreciate it. She has helped me show people in the community why insurance is so important.”

As the first person in her family to attend college, she looks back at her time on campus fondly, “my favorite things about OPSU is having a close connection with my professors. If I attended a larger university, I wouldn’t have that. I love that everyone is so friendly.” She sets a great example for her brothers and sisters who she enjoys spending time with. In her spare time, she loves to play soccer and she participated in the summer soccer league in Liberal, Kan. this past summer.