NSCS Alumni Spotlight: Nelson Ivan Riera


Campus: University of Phoenix-Arizona

Graduation Year: 2022

Degree Program: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)

When did you join NSCS? August 14th, 2018.

How did your time with NSCS help prepare you for life after college? The many initiatives NSCS offers, like the mentoring program, are valuable for any student and professional that wants to develop themselves; I strongly encourage every one of you to sign-up to receive mentoring and to provide it., and in case you might be wondering if you can mentor YES everyone can mentor, sometimes we need development on an area hence we look for mentors. Still, some other times you have some experience and wisdom that you can share with others that might be struggling with that.

What was the most important thing you’ve gotten from your time as an NSCS member? The access to vast resources like discount programs, scholarships, and especially the extensive professional network.

Where are you now since graduating? After graduating, I continued my education by taking summits like the recent one about Inclusive Leadership provided by the University of Phoenix; it is very important to take some time to acknowledge and enjoy what you worked hard to achieve. Still, it is also paramount that we look at life as a constant opportunity to develop and become the best version of ourselves. While it is a leader’s responsibility to lead, it is everyone’s duty to contribute to shaping the world we want to live in.

If you could give a newly inducted undergraduate NSCS member advice on their path through their collegiate journey, what would it be? Never give up; there will be times when it might be hard, and you want to quit; in those times, hold on, take a deep breath, and if needed, take some time off but don’t drop; I started back in 2015 and graduated this year, it took me 7 years of hard work and resiliency to make it through school while working a full-time job, but remember you are not alone, if sometimes the journey gets rough, seek for help and you will find it.

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