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Life Is Not A Race

Advice from Lori Marrs, Achievement In Service Award

Campus News  |  May 10, 2016  |  By UNLV News Center
Lori Marrs

Lori Marrs (courtesy photo)

Lori Marrs, ’86 BS-BA Business Administration, is the founder and managing partner of Marrs Bergquist CPAs, which specializes in tax preparation, accounting and financial planning for small to medium-sized businesses.  The firm also performs reviews and audits for a diverse group of clients. She served as treasurer for the UNLV Alumni Association board of directors for six years. The Achievement in Service Award gives recognition for service to UNLV, the student body and/or alumni-related activities and events.


The advice I’d give myself as a new graduate … Relax. When we are young, we stress out about our future and what that will look like. I picked a profession that I love, but I would want my younger self to remember that balance is important.

Also, do not compare yourself to others.  If you work hard, and be diligent you will accomplish your objectives. It’s not a race. Do what you do and do it well and you’ll be fine.

The last bit of advice I’d give myself at my 1986 graduation would have been to buy land west of Rainbow Boulevard.  It will make sense in 20 years.  For new grads, I would say think of your future needs, your future family, and look to set down roots. It’s important to become part of the community. 

The Alumni Advice series is part of our special 2016 commencement week celebrations, which include the annual Alumni Association Awards Program May 12, and the spring graduation ceremonies on May 13 and 14. Join us in congratulating our newest alumni on social media with #UNLVGrad.