Matthew Nelson, a U-M student currently finishing his undergraduate degree in industrial and operations engineering, works to help other non-traditional students find their way through higher education because he knows how difficult of a journey it can be. Matt faced many obstacles while growing up, all of which worked against his ability to earn a successful education. Instead of letting the negative circumstances define his life, he decided to become accountable for his own success and take control of his education.

Matt wears a tattoo on his right arm that reads: “Despite the odds: no excuses, no fear, no regrets.” He says it serves as a reminder for him to not let others prevent his own success.