Prince Muhindo graduated in the 2017 Summer Commencement (watch the ceremony here) receiving a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Petroleum Engineering. Excited to get out into the world and begin his career as a petroleum engineer, Prince would like to remain in Odessa but is open to going wherever he can get a job. While looking back at his time at UTPB he found it hard to pinpoint his singular favorite memory, but he did truly love being an orientation leader.
Prince grew up in Congo reading and hearing about the exciting opportunities America held. Since he was a little kid, America inspired him. The opportunities and promises this country held made America not only a number one choice for pursing a higher education, but his dream. When his time came to attend college, he decided to leave Congo behind and fly stateside.
Leaving one's native country to move a world away to attend college is no easy task. However, that didn’t stop Prince, and it hasn’t always easy since he did not know English.
“All I knew how to say was ‘My name is Prince, I am from Congo,’ ” said Prince Muhindo. I had to go to an English program where the teacher literally drew pictures since she couldn't speak my native language.”
While at UTPB Prince became a resident assistant. He was also the president of International Student Organization for three years. As if that wasn’t enough, Prince proctored for Testing Services and Academics Accommodations and was a member of the International Advisory committee.
As he moves on to the next chapter of his life, Prince says that he will miss the community of people that he met at UTPB. An international student by definition means leaving behind friends and family. At UTPB, Prince said that he never felt lonely. There was always something for him to do and there were always friends to be made.
We will miss you Prince, but we know you are going to accomplish many wonderful things!