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Caleb R. Fell

Major: Finance
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Paducah, KY

"The best aspects of being apart HBIA is that you feel like you’re in a group with others looking at the same goals as you. It’s almost like a family in a way that if you ever need help with a business class there’s many others that are willing to help."


What would you have liked to know about HBIA when you were first applying and interviewing for it?
I feel like if I would’ve known how helpful and supportive the staff is, it would’ve helped a lot more. The whole staff line up is there to make your four years go by with ease. They have also been super helpful to me as a student-athlete. Staying on top of my schedule and practices as well as the co-curricular events is important.

What tips do you have for students interviewing?

A few tips I would share is to show interest before, during, and after the interview. By this I mean make sure to email after your interview thanking your interviewer for their time and consideration. Lastly be confident when talking. Confidence goes a long way.

What type of student would succeed in this program?

Students that are Confident, Dedicated, and have early interest in the business world. 

Nalja Miller

Major: Marketing
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fostoria, OH

"Be yourself during the interview. Don’t overdo it!"


What aspects do you like the most about being a part of HBIA?
What I like most about HBIA are the opportunities it has given me to be able to network with so many different types of people. I also love that it is a 3+1 program so I am able to complete my degrees faster. 

What would you have liked to know about HBIA when you were first applying and interviewing for it? 

I would have liked to learn a little bit more about the curriculum and summer programming. The Academy follows a 4-year accelerated plan that can sometimes be challenging for students. 

What type of student would succeed in this program? 

The type of student that will succeed in this program is someone who is passionate about becoming an entrepreneur and is willing to take constructive criticism. Faculty will always be pushing you out of your comfort zone and HBIA classes are far from “traditional”.

Cameron Bissitt

Major: Entrepreneurship
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Cranston, RI

"The part of HBIA that I like the most is the structure of my classes. Getting a masters and bachelors in four years is unheard of. Another aspect that I enjoy is the networking that I pursue while at distinguished lectures, guest speakers, etc."


What would you have liked to know about HBIA when you were first applying and interviewing for it?
There really is not much that I did not know as I had done a lot of research before applying. Since the program still new and only entering its second year, there are still many details that are being piloted and tested as the first classes pave the way for the future. It is important to be flexible in this program. Just like any new start-up, there will always be changes and improvements being made. 

What tips do you have for students interviewing? 

One tip I can give incoming students is to use this program to their advantage. Huizenga Academy students have the luxury of being surrounded by a ton of successful business owners. Ask them questions and don’t be scared! There are no dumb questions. 

What type of student would succeed in this program? 

I believe the type of student that will succeed in this program is one that does more than what’s expected… such as doing a few extra volunteer hours or attending distinguished lectures. You never know, that extra hour could introduce you to billionaires. Doing more than what’s required will always conduct a successful path for somebody.

Gabriella Seferlis

Major: Finance
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Miramar, FL

"The type of student that would succeed in this program is an innovative and ambitious student who wishes to succeed in the business world. A student that has leadership skills and isn’t afraid to share their thoughts and achieve their goals. They should have a desire to grow and acquire an entrepreneurship mindset to assist them into pursuing their future."


What aspects do you like the most about being a part of HBIA?
The aspects that I like most about being part of HBIA, is the amount of opportunities it offers. For instance, I have the opportunity to achieve my Bachelors and MBA in only four years which is almost unheard of and I am proud to say that through the Academy, I was hired as the Student Ambassador of the College of Business at NSU. I also like how HBIA introduces successful entrepreneurs which allows us to network. We are also grouped into classes with our classmates because we are all in an accelerated program, which allows us to work together and study when one another is in need. Overall, I love the fact that to continue being in HBIA, you have to continue working hard, by doing this our HBIA Directors motivate us by always providing us with useful advice and assistance with any concerns we have. 

What would you have liked to know about HBIA when you were first applying and interviewing for it? 

Prior to first applying and interviewing for HBIA, I honestly knew a good amount of information due to prior readings/research that I did. Though as being the first class of HBIA, I would have liked to know about our summer internship and monthly meetings. If I would have known about an internship I would have invested more time looking for one. The monthly meetings are great because they keep you updated with new information within HBIA, though when choosing your classes, it’s important to choose them at a time prior or after the meeting so that you don’t miss out on any news! 

What tips do you have for students interviewing? 

The tips that I have for students interviewing is don’t be shy and just be yourself. Ask questions and demonstrate your greatest qualities and achievements. Show that you really want to be in this amazing program by discussing your future plans and why you want the career path that you have chosen.

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