Arturo Montes | Faces of Midland
Rely On Your Faith
Arturo Montes has tried to carry himself in a way that impacts those around him in a positive way. As he begins looking ahead after college at the next stage of his life, Arturo hopes to continue to carry himself that way.
Born in Mexico, Arturo, a senior accounting major, moved to Des Moines, Iowa when he was 14. New to the United States, Arturo didn’t know English and experienced a culture shock. The experience forced him to grow up quickly, but he says that it was ultimately to his benefit.
“I got here when I was 14, so I had to grow up pretty fast. It was a big culture change, just because of how people were here. I had to figure out what I wanted to do and how I was going to get there pretty early in life. But I ended up figuring out things that many people aren’t able to until college, so college has been pretty smooth for me.”
Growing up, Arturo often leaned on his faith. His faith has been a place to turn to, especially as he navigated growing up in another country.
“When I first got here, I was faced with trying to figure out who I was, even with my faith. I went to a Christian school in Des Moines, which pushed me to figure out my faith early on, and it has continued to develop as my life goes on. I know that walking with God is important, especially when you are on your own because I feel like God is someone you can rely on, and He isn’t going to leave you hanging.”
Arturo initially came to Midland to play basketball. After two years, he chose to step away to focus on his career aspirations and academics. Now, he works as an RA and a small group leader for FCA. He especially enjoys his work as a small group leader.
“As a small group leader, the biggest part is just helping to keep them intentional with God and seeking that relationship. I know what it is like to push that to the side, but it is important.”
Arturo emphasizes that being at Midland has affirmed his values, and being a Warrior means taking a family-oriented approach to life. He hopes that in his last year as a senior, a RA, and a FCA small group leader, he can be a leader that encourages students to buy into that mentality.
“For me, the Warrior spirit is keeping that family atmosphere that exists around campus. Most people that come to campus know that though it is small, the people are different, and that’s just how friendly people are here on campus.”
Arturo Montes is a senior accounting major from Des Moines, Iowa. To share your story or nominate a friend, email email@example.com or post using #FacesofMidland.