Office of Alumni Engagement

Sol Cortez-Boughner

My hometown when I was a student was:

Detroit, MI

I graduated from Alma in:

2006

I studied:

Political Science and Business Administration.

I currently live in:

El Paso, TX

I am now:

Assistant City Attorney for the City of El Paso.

Since graduating from Alma:

I graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law and passed the Texas bar exam. I practiced bankruptcy law for two years and currently practice municipal law. I am married to Bradley Boughner, who is also a 2006 Alma College alum. We have two kids, Ana who is 6 years old and Diego who is 4 years old.

My Alma education:

prepared me for the challenges of law school and the start of my professional career. I also grew as an individual through the education I received outside the classroom though the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy, alternative spring break trips, vocational summer internship, and spring terms. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included:

Gelston Hall, Hamilton Commons, and Dunning Memorial Chapel.

My favorite professor(s) included:

Dr. Elizabeth Cameron and Dr. Ed Lorenz. Both professors exemplify excellence in teaching in their respective fields and are caring individuals who became a mentor.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:

the first week of freshman year. During the first week at Alma I met so many great classmates who became life long friends and professors who made a lasting impact. The first week of freshman year introduced me to Alma’s welcoming and nurturing community. 

How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:

Alma helped me with my ultimate career path of becoming a lawyer though its well-rounded liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis in pre-law, and guidance from Dr. Elizabeth Cameron, my academic adviser who is also an attorney. The guidance and skills learned during my time at Alma assisted me through the journey of the applying to law school and success as a law school student.

Advice I would give a new graduate:

The advice that I would give a new graduate is to focus on the professional and personal goals you have for your life after Alma but embrace the unplanned events and experiences that life has to offer. Stay true to your passion in order to find meaning in what you do.