A sophisticated, 20’s to middle 30’s, person that employs the urban experience with impeccable taste worthy of the highest class. This person exudes style and culture and effortlessly demonstrates this ability through quintessential forms of expression. Their tastes and craving of knowledge of the social-scene and its fashion, music, etiquette, and epicurean palettes is what sets them apart. Although some may envy them, most are generally attracted to their presence, as they have no time to harness jealously, envy, or misgivings towards others. Their outlook is positive and therefore they tend to garner respect and gain success.
I have nothing to blame, nothing to hold me back, only myself to stare back in the mirror. Two years ago I decided to take nothing from anyone, including myself. I don’t take “no” for answer, I create my opportunities, I believe in short term sacrifices for long term rewards. I decided to keep my head down, my hopes up, and my faith in God in line. Through the multiple sleepless nights and 5 am wake up, the hunger, and the battle I comprehend that I still have a lot more to grasp but one thing is for sure, I will accomplish everything I have set out to do. I welcome you to live your dreams.
—Luis A. Navia [ Founder of Urbane Sophisticate ]
Alex Pena is an award-winning student journalist and multi-media reporter at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is currently pursuing a career as a foreign correspondent. Pena has reported for and been featured on platforms including: CNN, ABC News, MSNBC.com, and BBC WHYS, amongst others. In his four years at Florida Gulf Coast University, he has covered stories from Mexico to Japan, and many places in between. He was one of the few students to have covered Mexico’s War on Drugs, as well as filing television stories from a post-earthquake environment in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Pena’s reporting has garnered awards such as the prestigious 2011 Overseas Press Club Scholarship, which he was the first recipient of the Walter and Betsy Cronkite Award, sponsored by CBS News. He was named Roving Reporter of the Year at ABC News on Campus, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Student Fellow at NBC Nightly News, where he interned for the summer in 2010. Pena was also chosen as a winner of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting competition via the Scripps Howard Foundation, which funded his trip to Japan. Pena is due to graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University in December and plans to continue chasing important and relevant stories, wherever that may take him.