Alix (Mashino) Ambriz
Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.
Alix (Mashino) Ambriz
Major: Agricultural Education (Leadership)
Minors: Entrepreneurship, Animal Science (Beef Scholar)
Graduating: May 2016
Business: eLearning eXperience is an educational consulting business that serves its clients through developing and delivering eLearning materials. eLearning allows learners to navigate their educational path the way they want to. These materials take the information from subject matter experts, my clients, and educate their employees, consumers, or students through online learning modules.
What is your story?
Growing up the oldest of 4 girls on my family's cow/calf, backgrounding, and row crop operation, each day I spent outside helping Dad was a learning experience. Whether it was hanging wire on a fence, reading a feed ration and loading the feed wagon, or combining a field of corn, Dad was sure that me and my sisters truly understood what we were doing and WHY we were doing it. It is because of the positive learning experiences my parents allowed us to have about work we were passionate about that I am excited about educating and training others in new ways about what THEY are passionate about.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My entrepreneurial inspirations AND biggest heroes are my parents. I didn't realize it growing up, but they began their own entrepreneurial venture together when they started our cattle backgrounding business. Being able to balance their relationship, our family, and the family business is something I truly admire and hope to be able to model in my future.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
If my story were made into a movie, Jennifer Lawrence would portray me. Now, I realize we look nothing alike and I would never survive in the Hunger Games. But, I have great respect for the way that she has handled herself in the entertainment industry. She has stayed true to who she is and her beliefs, and serves as a fantastic role model. It is my hope that throughout my story, I have embodied these same characteristics.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Don't worry if you don't have a "big idea"...or, if you have an idea and don't think it's "big enough". I felt extremely intimidated at the beginning of this experience because I wanted to gain a better understanding of the "entrepreneurial mindset", but I didn't have a fantastic business idea. Just be patient! Take the time to explore and find what you love to do, and something will come of that.