As a first-generation college student, just stepping foot on a college campus was a success for Emmanuel "Mane" Patiño Gómez.
But he didn't stop there.
During his time at CMU, Mane has taken advantage of many unique opportunities available to students.
He is currently involved with Sigma Delta Pi, a collegiate Hispanic honor society; the Empowered Latino Union; and Phi Sigma Pi, a national honor fraternity for which he serves as historian.
Mane's natural ability to lead helped him decide to sign a leadership minor.
During his time as president of Sigma Delta Pi last year, Mane's ambition and leadership secured the group fully-funded registration to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute conference in Chicago. Attending the event, which was initially deemed improbable for its high cost, was made possible by Mane's networking capabilities.
Mane was proud to give other students the opportunity to understand new perspectives and cultures. His talent for building connections, paired with CMU's resources, allowed Mane to reach this accomplishment.
He credits CMU with allowing him to grow as a leader and feel part of a community.
"I've gotten to know professors on a personal level," he said. "Not everyone can say that."
He credits his advisors and friends for helping him achieve so much while at CMU.