Huntsman Scholar Goes Beyond Academics
By Klydi Heywood
Steven Espinoza channels his enthusiasm into his work … along with his sense of humor.
Photo by Emily Beus
Huntsman Scholar Steven Espinoza is focused on experiencing all that the Huntsman School of Business has to offer. He says college should be prioritized with the three S’s: studies, social life, and sleep--in that order.
“And if you want to be successful in one,” he said, “you have to give up something somewhere else.”
A typical day for Steven starts early and ends late. He is taking 20 credits, earning straight As, working as an undergraduate teaching fellow for two classes, and contributing as a Huntsman Scholar. He also serves as the campus representative for HELP International, president of the Huntsman Business Council, and president of the events team for the Entrepreneurship Club.
An Entrepreneur is Launched
At the age of 21, Steven started his first business as an independent distributor for an indoor air-quality system called Filt-Air Solutions. After two years of working more than 80 hours a week, Steven sold the business to take advantage of a better opportunity. In 2006 he started a promotional and specialty marketing business called Unlimited Impressions.
After a number of years in the work force, Steven decided it was time to go back to school.
“I didn’t come just to get a degree,” he said. “I really love learning.”
Steven is a senior, majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship with a minor in international business. He explained that he takes classes from professors whose approach fits his learning style. He also studies the material, not only for himself but in preparation to teach it to others. He believes that if he learns the concepts with the intention of teaching them to others, he will be able to retain the information better.
Earning scholarly and professional success doesn’t come easy. Steven relies on a calendar to organize every minute of his day, literally. He feels that crossing tasks off of his “to do” list gives him a sense of accomplishment that keeps him going.
“What I love about Steven is that when he commits, in or out of the classroom, he commits completely,” said Stacey Hills, co-director of the Huntsman Scholars program. “He sets high standards for himself, and he is sincerely focused on motivating and helping his fellow students however he can.”
Steven’s future plans include earning an MBA at a top university and becoming a successful entrepreneur. He has recently been accepted as the HELP International country director for next year in Fiji. There he will be spending 3 1/2 months in the summer with another country director managing and working with approximately 25 volunteers. HELP International is a nonprofit organization that works with various local community groups to solve environmental and social problems in eight developing countries.
“Steven is an excellent student, and I am very excited to follow his career,” assistant professor in management Daniel Holland said. “I have no doubt that he will make the Huntsman School proud.”