Volume 80 | Issue 6
November 2012

Student Profile: Rigo Gutierrez

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?Gutierrez

What motivates me to be an active student leader are all of the opportunities offered to develop as an individual and a professional, while at the same time being able to have a positive impact on my university. Being involved has allowed me to discover a lot
about myself, and so I like helping other students find their path in their leadership journey as well. Serving in the University Program Board is a rewarding experience because I get to be an important part of building a stronger campus community and promote school spirit. 

What are your career goals?

My college experience has shaped what I plan to do after graduation. I’m currently applying to graduate programs in student affairs and higher education. I aspire to be a student affairs professional, specifically in the area of student activities and leadership programs. 

What is one project you are proud to have helped implement on campus?

Last year, I served as committee chair for road trips, and I coordinated a trip to Walt Disney World. We were able to provide 48 students with a safe and affordable program. Being from a lower income community in southern Texas, most of our students wouldn’t be able to afford taking a trip so far away from home if wasn’t offered for a lower price through a school program. 

What has been most helpful to you as a student leader?

As a student leader, it’s been very helpful to take on the responsibility to plan as it has taught me the importance of putting all your effort into everything you do and to hold myself accountable.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

I’ve learned that leadership is a way of being and not a position. You don’t need to have certain titles to be an affective leader. Leadership is something that anyone can learn if they take the initiative to better themselves.