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Nathan Gurinsky, MBA

Nathan Gurinsky, MBA

What I do now: I currently work for Stryker Sustainability Solutions in the Ark-La-Tex area.

My work/job consists of: My job consists of collecting medical devices from hospitals and sending them to our reprocessing facilities. I am also responsible for educating hospital staff on the collection process. This directly helps eliminate waste in the environment and creates cost savings for the hospitals.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present): I have always been active outside of taking my classes. For my first three years at LSUS I played soccer and fully loved it. After my years of playing, I got a job at Enterprise Rent-A-Car where I learned a lot about sales and customer service. I finished my undergrad in May of 2014 while I worked at Enterprise. In December of 2014 I moved on to Ameriprise Financial as I began to work on my masters. I finished my MBA in 2015 and now work full time. After a year with Ameriprise, I was granted the great opportunity I now have with Stryker.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): I came to LSUS for one reason and one reason only. The reason was to play soccer and be a student athlete. I played for three years and once the program closed midway through my junior year, I decided to stick it out and finish my undergrad degree as a Pilot.

Fond memories of LSUS: My fond memories of LSUS would definitely have to be playing college soccer and all of the accomplishments we had. Outside of that, it would be getting involved in LSUS while meeting many great people.

LSUS faculty who helped me: The number of LSUS faculty and staff who helped me along the way is endless. I had so many great mentors who played a part of my time as a Pilot. To name a few, I would say, Dr. Krajewski, Dr. Meeks, Dr. Wren, Dr. Knotts, Aaron Suckle, Chad McDowell, Brooke Rinaudo, Laura Perdue, and Kelly Wynn. All of the LSUS family was extremely helpful throughout my years as a student.

How LSUS helped me succeed: LSUS provided me with experiences of a lifetime and helped me grow as an individual in a multitude of ways. I not only learned in the classrooms, but also outside of my classes how to be a teammate and how to overcome unforeseen obstacles. LSUS helped mold me into the individual I am today.

Advice to college-bound students: I would advise college-bound students to work hard and never take a class for granted. Get involved, step out of your shell, grow, learn, and take chances. You will learn from experiences and grow from mistakes, so don't be afraid. Along the way don't forget to have fun, "work hard, play hard".

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field: I would advise students to understand the concepts of the business classes. Don't just read the material; comprehend it. Get involved in clubs and organizations and take on leadership roles in them. Apply for an internship and have fun!

Tips on choosing a major or career: Do something you enjoy doing. It is much easier learning about a topic you enjoy learning about than something that is not important to you. Do what you desire to do, not what someone else wants you to do.

My toughest professional challenge: The toughest professional challenge I have had to face is understanding that even though I earned my education, I still lack experience in the professional field. I have to pay my dues and work my way up. It takes time, so I have to be patient. I am very ambitious and motivated so it's hard waiting!

My toughest personal challenge: My toughest personal challenge is balancing my work and personal life. I work all day and then have to find the time and energy to do what I need and want to do. What helps me the most is keeping a positive outlook. It is hard finding the time to balance all of my personal life activities outside of work. I have to be able to give time to my girlfriend, friends, and family.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:

• Chancellor's List
• Dean's List
• Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
• Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Community and Campus Liaison
• Student Government Association Senator
• International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma
• Noel Foundation Scholarship
• LSUS General Business Administration Student of the Year
• Charles Vestal Rotary Scholarship
• Magna Cum Laude May 2014

I've learned this from life: I have learned from life that it is important to stay positive at all times and realize that God has a plan - so I just have to work hard and keep my head up. "What the mind can conceive, the body will achieve." That's a quote my trainer gave me growing up. It has stuck with me ever since.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world: I would be traveling and exploring the world!

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