Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.
Major: Entrepreneurship and Management (Build the Sustainable Enterprise)Sean found out about Southern Vermont College through his soccer coach back home. It took him awhile to get acclimated at the College – getting used to college classes, forming friends and getting involved in activities on campus. He became involved on campus by joining the men’s soccer and volleyball teams…and suddenly he’s a junior here.
One of his favorite instructors is Professor Charles Crowell from the Entrepreneurship and Management degree program. As part of the Entrepreneurship and Management major – Build the Sustainable Enterprise (BTSE) – Sean traveled to China in Fall 2010 to learn more about business in that country. In Summer 2011, he returned to China for four weeks to learn more of the language and pursue more business opportunities. "From listening to Professor Crowell's lectures and studying abroad, I feel I can be beneficial to a range of employees, because my classes have been structured to talk about current issues in the economy," said Sean. "BTSE has helped me become more aware about the world around me. It has helped me leave my comfort zone and in return helped me become a better all-around person. BTSE has transformed me into an innovative student."
Sean’s BTSE project is an innovative learning center that will transform the way students get through high school and enter college. Growing up in the inner city and now going into his last semester of college, Sean feels he can create an organization that will help a range of high school students and also better prepare student-athletes to become successful on top of their hectic schedules. Even though there are many organizations that are keen to helping high school students, Sean will introduce something new that will change the way students are motivated in believing success is accessible!
Sean was named to the President’s List for academic year 2010-2011, has been on Provost List most of his time here at SVC and this past spring was inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
Last semester, Sean was one of 135 students from 30 states to receive a Newman Civic Fellows Award this year by Campus Compact, the national coalition of college and university presidents. The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
Sean wants to work in business, after graduation, possibly in marketing. Someday he would like to own his own nonprofit company to help encourage high school students to want to further their education. Some of these steps would be to tutor these students with remedial classes and to help them find a good college fit.
His advice to individuals seeking to go to college is to “have more than one reason why you want to go to that college – you need to have that drive.” Sean’s personal motto: “Live to succeed.”
Jennifer Ufnar - Instructor, the Division of Science & Technology.