Meet Our Students: Armando Tejada
A monthly series to help you get to know the students of NLU, where they've come from and the things they've experienced on the journey toward their degree.
Senior originally from Lima, Peru
Pursuing B.A. in Business Administration
What brought you to NLU?
I graduated from Berkmar High School on May 28, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. On May 31 my family moved to Chicago. I was not certain which school I would attend since I did not qualify for financial aid. It was through a friend that I found out about the Harrison Fellows Scholarship at NLU. I was able to receive some help on the amount of money I had to pay as well as transfer 63 quarter hours from AP classes I had taken during high school. Those credits helped me get ahead and able to focus on more core business classes. I am very happy to have moved to Chicago because there are so many opportunities in this great city.
What are you currently studying?
I am majoring in business administration. I am learning how to manage and lead a successful business. I believe that getting an education is an essential part of life, not just to take classes but to also learn from the people who have a different outlook on life. I have come to notice that networking and having a goal-oriented mindset are key ingredients to building a successful life. I believe that I am learning to know myself better as I progress in my NLU career.
How have you grown in your time here?
I think that I have grown personally and spiritually while in NLU. I am thankful that I came to NLU because of the people that I was able to network with. I think that every challenge brings an opportunity with it, something that I believe I have been able to do ever since I arrived to Chicago. I have gained a great deal of experience in the public relations field through the guidance of Alejandra Moran at Si Communications, who I met because of an event organized by [NLU Student Success Coach] Monica Ramos through her own connections. I am excited about the new things that this year will bring. I have also learned to be accommodating but never complacent. There is always something that one can do to improve oneself.
What do you hope to do after college and how is NLU preparing you for that?
I will start my own Peruvian restaurant when I finish my bachelors degree at NLU. I think that thanks to the people I have met through NLU and the classes that I have taken I will be more comfortable opening my business. I think that it is of great importance to get educated and better oneself in order to make this country a better place for all.
What have you liked most about your experience at NLU so far?
I think that the networking opportunities that I have had at NLU have been what I liked the most. I really enjoy interacting with people, and I think that if those opportunities are taken seriously, there is an unlimited amount of opportunity to take advantage of.
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