“Regardless of what came before or has yet to come, what matters most at this point in time is how I choose to respond to the challenges before me. Will I lie down or will I fight? The choice is mine and I choose to Finish Strong.” – Dan Green
Mario Lee was a hard-working man raising a family when he made the decision to begin something new. It had been about ten years since Mario had been a student when he decided to go back to school to earn his High School Equivalency diploma. He enrolled at the Madison Men’s site of Begin Anew in November, 2016 and it was obvious from the first day that he was ready for the challenge. He jumped in and began studying the subject that many find very intimidating – math. He was dedicated to attending class and made good use of his time and resources. Mario studied with numerous tutors, learning from them what he knew he needed to succeed.
Mario embraced the whole experience of Begin Anew. He always came to class with a positive attitude and was an encouraging force to others in the program. He was ready for the community in the classroom and was an important part of the “brotherhood” that has developed at the Madison Men’s site.
The spiritual component of Begin Anew includes a weekly Bible for the students. Mario entered this time with enthusiasm and a desire to grow and learn. He spoke of the meaningful experience Bible study was for him and it was clear that he wanted to grow in his understanding and experience with God and Christ, our Savior.
Mario studied hard and passed all of the HiSET exams, graduating from Begin Anew on June 2, 2018. He has enrolled at Nashville State Community College and is moving ahead to new opportunities and challenges in his work with Nashville Parks and Recreation. Mario’s life has been positively impacted by his experience at Begin Anew. He has finished strong and is now beginning anew with his future endeavors. Godspeed, Mario! You have made us proud.