When is the last time you packed up your life and moved to a new town? For most people this happens once or twice in a lifetime, but Senior Adrian Torres has done this six times in the past eighteen years. Torres, a self proclaimed military brat, said he has never been in one area for more than six years due to his father's naval career.
"I have lived in San Diego, Honolulu, Oahu, Stanford VA, and briefly New York, and obviously here in El Paso," Torres said. "My dad was a FC-1 in the navy for 19 years. Everywhere we lived was a result of his orders changing or him requiring training on new equipment at a specific naval base."
Out of all these places it may seem hard to narrow down and distinguish the differences between them. Despite this, Torres said that San Diego holds a special place in his heart because despite living all over the country, California will always be his home state.
"San Diego is home for me as I was born and raised with the Pacific," Torres said. "I miss my home more than anything, and I intend to go back when I can support myself and enjoy it again."
California may have been where he was born, but Torres' roots are right here in the Lone Star state. Torres says that though San Diego is where he feels most at home, El Paso will always be important to him because of his family history.
"I enjoy El Paso because this is where my family is rooted," Torres said. "Both sides of my family have established themselves here for three generations, and now that I live here I've gotten closer to them, and embraced my family's culture and traditions."
Moving around every few years can be quite exciting, but it certainly took a toll on Torres' family and social lives. Torres said that despite this, he's learned to adapt to the changes moving has brought him by learning to make friends with anyone.
"I left behind all of my elementary and middle school friends, and I could never have pets due to the complication of their travel maintenance," Torres said. "That being said, I have made friends of all backgrounds and personalities."
One of those friends is Senior Boyd O'Dell who has known Torres for the past six years. O'Dell said that Torres' upbringing certainly contributed to his success in school and his unique personality.
"He is very outgoing and open to challenges whether it be physical or mental," O'Dell said. "What sets him apart is that he is nothing short of himself. He is focused on his studies which is a hard thing to do in a high school setting."
Moving around has not only made Torres more dedicated than others, but it has also provided him the opportunity to become very well rounded. Torres is involved with a variety of extracurricular activities including the math team, mock trial, and theatre. Larissa Rollins, who has been Torres' theatre teacher since his freshman year, said that she took notice of him due to qualities most people his age lack.
"There's a maturity about him, he's always had a really strong work ethic and I noticed it his freshman year," Rollins said. "He's just a good person."
As with any situation, there are pros and cons to being a military child. Torres said that even though a life constantly on the road has its challenges, he is grateful to have seen and experienced the places he did and wouldn't change a thing about his upbringing.
"I've seen places most people dream of seeing and experienced things I never would have dreamed of doing because the military put me in a position to do it," Torres said. "I honestly wouldn't change much about my childhood, but the sacrifices of a mobile life for the sake of experience aren't for everyone."