What year are you?
What is the one innovation you can’t live without?
I can’t live without art. I know that answer seems kind of confusing, but it requires a deeper level of thinking. To elaborate, I’ll use a quote from the father of innovation himself, Benjamin Franklin, who said, “Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”
It is 2 p.m. Saturday. Where are you, and what are you doing?
Last semester, I was studying abroad in Spain so Saturdays would consist of traveling to a different city/country with friends, exploring places I have never been, and photographing/videoing everything l see beauty in. Saturdays in the States, if the Gators aren’t playing, are used as “”Development Days”” where I would work on my business called PEAC Strategies, catch up on priorities, and workout.
What are your goals at UF?
When I got my acceptance letter to UF, I came to a fork in the road. Down one path was my hometown, my family, and my friends; This was the only city I had ever known and the only people I had ever known. I would attend the University of North Florida and there would be the higher probability of launching my business, but less entrepreneurial knowledge and opportunities. Down another path was a new town, new home, new people, and a new life; this would be a fresh start to be whoever I wanted to be. I would attend the University of Florida and there would be a lesser probability of launching my business, but more entrepreneurial knowledge and opportunities. Once I made the decision to come to UF, I had three goals in mind:
- To become a better human being in every aspect
- To take advantage of every opportunity in front of me
- To network strategically by building MANY VALUABLE relationships
What innovative projects are you currently working on or want to work on?
I’m currently working on my business, PEAC Strategies, a business designed to build strategic leadership plans for individuals, small businesses and start-ups.
Why did you choose to attend UF IA? How has it enhanced your college experience so far?
When I was filling out the UF transfer application, I did research on IA and thought it would be a perfect fit for me for numerous reasons:
- I’m entrepreneurially minded
- I wanted to start my own business
- I would be surrounded by like-minded people
- Competition wouldn’t be as high for internship positions
- Freedom to choose what I want to do for the fall semester
- Class registration priority over other students
- Extra advising to make sure I’m on track
- I saw the opportunity to be part of something new at a prestigious university and the possibility of leaving my mark on it
- Innovation, Creativity, Philosophy, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship are all things I deem important and love learning about
As for how IA enhanced my college experience, I attribute much of my success to this program for it gave me the knowledge and resources to launch my business and it introduced me to MANY VALUABLE people I call friends and mentors today.
What are you involved in here on campus? (Clubs, organizations, hobbies, interests)
I’m a Vice President in the Entrepreneurship Club, a Heavener Leadership Challenge Graduate, and a Consultant with ENACTUS. I also meet with Leaders in the Heavener School of Business and Innovation Academy to discuss growth opportunities to better the student experience. Passions Include:
- Working Out
- Shooting Guns
- Outdoor Activities
- Extreme Sports
What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming IA freshmen?
Take advantage of all the resources, opportunities, and network of people IA has for you. If you do this, you will be so far ahead than most. Keep in mind, I went from being the new guy to being the VP of one of the largest clubs on campus, meeting with UF Leaders regularly, starting my own business, and studying abroad in Spain, all within a year’s time. If I can do all this, so can anyone else for we all have the same amount of time in the day.
How do you plan to spend your fall semester(s)?
Actually, I haven’t decided what to do during the upcoming Fall Semester since it will be my last semester at UF. I will either be interning at a renowned company or focusing on my business.
How have you contributed positively to the Gainesville community?
My personal mission statement is: ‘To make a positive impact in someone’s life everyday.’ Using that mission statement, I do my best to be a role model on UF’s campus and in the Gainesville community by doing good deeds for those who need it and meeting with community leaders like John Spence to discuss ways to improve the infrastructure of society. I actually decided to launch PEAC Strategies while still a student at UF, to help small businesses and start-ups here.