Michael Berino ’08 mastered the act of balancing priorities while attending Loyola Marymount University. In addition to completing a double major in political science and French and a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies, he volunteered 150 hours in the El Espejo Mentoring Program and more than 100 hours in various LMU programs such as Alternative Breaks, Special Games, and Magis, a service organization. In April, he was a recipient of a Riordan Community Service Award from The Riordan Foundation in honor of his dedication to community service.
“When you do service, you shouldn’t get recognized, but I am extremely honored to receive the award nonetheless,” Berino said.
Berino’s motivation to give back developed through watching his parents overcome their own difficulties. As immigrants to the United States, they struggled to attain citizenship and provide a good life for Berino and his brother.
“Whatever passion I have is because of what my parents sacrificed for me and my brother,” Berino said. “I am so thankful for all that I have and all that the world has given me. The only way to repay that debt is to give back.”
Most recently, Berino was accepted into the Teach for America Corps 2008 program. He will teach elementary English as a second language to students in the Las Vegas Valley. His ultimate goal is to either pursue a career in international news or to work for the United Nations.
Each year, six LMU undergraduate students are awarded a Riordan Community Service Award for their outstanding contributions in community service. The Riordan Foundation was established by former Los Angeles Mayor and California Secretary for Education Richard J. Riordan. Its mission is to help provide all students, especially those in low-income communities, with access to a high-quality education.