Mario Gutierrez will be graduating this weekend. After obtaining his degree in chemical engineering, he's learned a lot. But many of his greatest lessons at MSU were outside the classroom.

Mario Gutierrez will be graduating this weekend. After completeing a degree in chemical engineering, he's learned a lot. But many of his greatest lessons at MSU were outside the classroom.

Mario was a recipient of the STARR Scholarship. As such, he received a full-ride scholarship, room and board, and a stipend, in order to attend MSU. This scholarship is completely funded through the generous support of anonymous donors, and is awarded to select students from Wyoming and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He was a featured speaker at our 2014 scholarship luncheon.

Mario has said before that without this scholarship is is not likely he would have obtained a four-year college degree. Now, thanks to donor support, his horizons are wide open. He has been able to travel, participate in many student organizations and take several leadership positions, do multiple internships, and cross many things off his bucket list. It is safe to say that this scholarship changed his life in wonderful ways.

As a part of his final semester at MSU, he was asked to prepare a presentation on what he has learned outside of the traditional classroom setting. He chose to make his presentation in the form of a video, which he allowed us to share with you. In the video he shares the 13 most important lessons he has learned so far. These include:

  • #5 - Don't expect a result without action - YOU have to make things happen
  • #8 - Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.
  • #13 - You never see a U-Haul in route to the cemetery.

You'll have to watch the video to get the full list!


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