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Check Out Enrique Gonzalez’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Enrique Gonzalez. 

Hi Enrique, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I was born in Brazos County, TX, but raised in Dallas. I moved around a lot when I was a kid. From Bryan, TX to Florida, to Houston, to Dallas, I moved a lot within the first two years of my life. Growing up, I always felt like an outsider but never wanted anyone to feel alone because that is a feeling that I knew all too well. Throughout my school years, I was never a popular kid, but I was cool with everybody. A timid boy, I always stayed to myself and only really had 1 or 2 real friends. However, as soon as I went to college, it seemed like my personality did a whole 180. I was eager to get involved on campus and joined a fraternity my freshman year. After that, I started working within numerous student worker positions, attended many leadership conventions and retreats, and even served as a mentor for high school students, an Orientation Leader, and even A Student Executive for my New Student Orientation team. Now, I am looking to evolve as a person academically, professionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I am all about growth and self-improvement, and my experiences pushed me to have this mindset. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No, not at all! I have been through my fair share of trauma, heartbreak, confusion, stress, etc. Some struggles that I have faced throughout my life include being abandoned by my mother at an early age. My mother abandoned me at the age of 1 or 2, and according to my dad, he had to come to my rescue because, while in her custody, I was living in some pretty horrible conditions. However, while living with my dad, I was neglected by him and my stepmother’s family. I guess I looked too much like my mom to my dad and was an outsider to my stepmom and her family. I guess you can say I didn’t know where I belonged. This caused me to have low self-esteem, abandonment issues, and overthink every single thing I do in my life. It truly has affected me. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Currently, I am serving as a Student Executive for the New Student Orientation team at UNT Dallas. I am a senior there and will be graduating in the Spring ’22 semester. I specialize in personal and student development, as this is something that I aspire to go into with my Master’s. I am known for being super motivating as well as open-minded and openhearted. I love to help people unlock their true potential, so it is something that I am incredibly proud of. I love to help people grow and evolve for the better! I believe my caring and ambitious nature is what sets me apart from others. However, I always know there one can always be better, so being humble is a must. 

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
The quality or characteristic that I feel is most important for my success is being open-minded and open-hearted. If we can embrace all things are life (the good, the bad, and everything in between), we can fully grow as people and reach heights that we have never even thought of reaching. To me, that is the true path to happiness. So, let yourself go and embrace your story of what we call life. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: enriquegonz1017@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @rickygram10

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