By Sonny Billotte
Balancing the stresses that come along with a double major, being the president of his own campus organization, a brother in a fraternity and holding a campus job while still jumping at any chance to get more involved on campus, 22 year old senior Kelvin Huerta Kettelsen gives us a glimpse of what it is like to take advantage of the endless opportunities any UT student has available to them.
Born on Oct. 13, 1990 in Mexico City, Mexico, Kettelsen is the youngest of three brothers. As a child, he had a pet dog named Rocky. Between his grandmother’s hard work and determination and his father’s intelligence and drive, Kettelsen grew up aspiring to possess these qualities in himself. “My grandmother is one of the hardest working people I have ever known in my life,” he said.
When beginning his journey in finding a suitable college, Kelvin had two dreams in mind; business and soccer. With the first three schools he applied to offering him a scholarship to play soccer, his father left it up to him to find a fourth school in the states he was interested it. His dream was to go to Florida, and with UT having one of the top business programs in the country, his decision was easily made.
Kettelsen is a double major of Accounting and International Business and Management and is a member of the business fraternity here on campus, Sigma Delta Pi.
Offered a job as a campus tour guide before even becoming a student at UT, Kettelsen has held this position since his freshmen year. “I had been accepted to the University but had not yet made my decision to come,” said Kettelsen. “I was visiting the campus and my tour guide happened to be from Mexico. We got to talking and she guaranteed me the job if I came to the school.”
As a campus tour guide, Kettelsen has traveled north to attend student receptions where he talked to students who had been admitted to the school but did not get a chance to come visit. He spoke to the families and gave them a quick overview of what life is like as a UT student.
“I am a visionary person,” says Kettelsen. “I love to do new things, if you tell me something I have never done before I will be more than happy to do it.”
With that being said, during the second semester of his junior year Ketteleson took on the role of becoming the president of his own campus organization called Spartan Indoor Football Club. “By football I mean soccer,” said Kettelsen. Between the girls club and the guys club they are up to about 40 people. “We have events off campus and we play other universities, and we are trying to build it up with tournaments.”
Kettelsen revealed his hopes to renovate Rathskeller, currently a sandwich shop located underneath Plant Hall, into a kind of sports bar and restaurant. So far, he has recruited a team of eight people to work on the project through a Facebook group he created seeking people who would be interested in the project, many of which are in his frat.
“After meeting with professors on campus and many other people, I started to find there were many things I hadn’t thought about,” said Kettelsen. “There are many things we cannot do, such as serve alcohol because of UT policies or put a grill in since Plant Hall is a historical landmark. I don’t want to say that we are doing really well so far because it is moving very slow.”
Last year, Kettelsen had an internship in Tampa with a real estate investment service called Marcus & Millichap where he did finance, accounting, and a little bit of management. When he graduates from UT, he hopes to stay in Tampa and pursue his accounting career working for the business company Ernst & Young.
Receiving his Masters is something he has thought about, but he would like to have at least two years of full time work experience before considering it. As far as what is in store for further down the road, Kettelsen has a goal in mind. “In 10 or 15 years I would like to create my own company. I have kind of an idea, but I don’t have that experience to start it yet,” Kettelsen said.
For anyone coming into college, Kettelsen’s advice is to “get involved as much as you can.” “You have to work hard for everything and those experiences [the ones you have in college] are the ones that will help you out in the real world.”
When Kettelsen is not too busy taking care of his many responsibilities on campus, you can find him attending happy hour at MacDinton’s on SoHo, enjoying crepes at his favorite restaurant La Creparia Café, located in Ybor City or simply relaxing in his ResCom apartment watching “How I Met Your Mother”.