Twins graduate from UHV a semester apart (Video)
May 8, 2013 at 12:08 a.m.
Updated May 9, 2013 at 12:09 a.m.
Marquis Hill toggled over a few of his collegiate accomplishments on his Mac computer Monday, and there are many.
The 24-year-old University of Houston-Victoria business student chuckled as he settled on a display of his earlier editing efforts. He watched himself in a YouTube news broadcast he and his friends dubbed, "Eye of the Jaguar." In that video, he yelled a line as his co-anchor stared at him.
"I'll look back at that in 10 years and say, 'What was I thinking?'" Marquis said, shaking his head.
In his bedroom, Marquis has his graduation cap and gown ironed and ready for Saturday's commencement ceremony. A red sash with an embroidered UHV logo will complete the outfit that - although awkward and definitely not stylish - he worked hard to wear one day.
It was similar to the one his twin brother, Matthew, also a UHV business major, wore just a semester ago.
The men did not plan to pursue similar career paths. In fact, as teenagers, they dreamed of getting away from the Crossroads.
"I would be lying if I told you I didn't," Marquis said.
But as the years wore on, the twins realized there was no better place to study than Victoria.
They are both debt-free, an unheard of feat for many college graduates.
Their father, Roy Hill, also told them not to succumb to peer pressure.
"I remember when they were 3 years old. I told them, 'You are going to University of Houston-Victoria,'" their father said, proudly. "I couldn't see passing up that opportunity."
The pair is also thrilled to tell others they were there first, when some of the UHV traditions started with the addition of freshmen and sophomore classes.
"To me, that's priceless," Marquis said, recalling how a poetry jam he and his brother organized in the dorms has since become popular.
When they weren't shuttling freshmen in their cars from dorms to Wal-Mart to the voting polls, the Hills fed off one another's energies and gave each other advice about school and life, whether one party wanted to hear it or not.
Take Matthew. The reality of graduating has sunk in, and he now sends out three to five resumes and cover letters a week to prospective employers.
He is more realistic about his chances than his brother is.
Matthew knocked Marquis down a few pegs when Marquis thought it would be easy to turn his part-time marketing gig into a permanent one.
"When I didn't get it, he was like, 'See. I told you so,'" Marquis said, not bitter in the slightest.
Now, Marquis realizes having his brother's experiences to learn from is an invaluable tool.
Matthew is a part-time manager at the Victoria Cinemark movie theater. He and Marquis' time as resident assistants in the dorms and orienting some 50 freshmen to the area helped him to deal with teenaged employees.
"We're all a team and want to make everybody's experience at the movies a good one," Matthew said.
Marquis, meanwhile, is trying to find a successor to run a black student group he started in between finishing five online courses.
He hopes to end the year with a 3.0 grade point average.
Marquis reads every day a highlighted list of aspirations and wants to create a marketing plan for a sports team, such as the San Antonio Spurs, one day.
He believes positivity breeds positivity.
Front and center on the white sheet of printer paper he hangs in his room is the following sentences:
"I am a problem solver."
"I am a motivated student."