Engineer's mindset with a business backbone. I'm a self-taught software engineer with an interest in automation, electronics, and quality application design. I've also got a strong business background, with experience in finance, growth marketing, and early-stage VC investing.
Anyone who's done it will tell you - overcoming the environment of your hometown can be a huge obstacle. Especially when you watch as almost all the friends you grew up with get into the justice system, drop out of school, etc; building success for yourself as a first-generation college student is a formidable task.
Growing up where I did and making it to where I am now has definitely been my greatest achievement. After high school, I moved across the country to a city where I knew nobody, made connections, became President of the Business Student Council freshman year, and busted my ass to transfer into UT Austin's top-ten business school. The feeling of satisfaction when I checked my application and saw the big green letters "ACCEPTED" is by far the most rewarding thing I've ever experienced. I was one of 12 out of 167 out-of-state transfer applicants who got accepted.
I look forward to many more such accomplishments =).