Andrew - Business Management and Finance

How does the FBLA program prepare you to enter either college or a career?
Over the past two years, I can honestly say that FBLA has prepared me for my future. The organization has done this by giving me the confidence and ability to rise above the challenges and difficulties in my everyday life.

What academic subjects are important to your success in FBLA?
I owe my thanks to the following classes: Introduction to Design and Presentation, Principles of Business Administration and Management, Introduction to Marketing, and Principles of Accounting & Finance. If it wasn’t for these classes, I would not be in the position I am today. Each one of these classes has helped me gain interest in the world of business, and they have helped me have a vision for what I want to do when I get older.

How do your FBLA courses and activities differ from your traditional high school courses and activities? Do you apply the theory you learned in your high school math and science courses?
FBLA courses and activities are different from my everyday high school life. It is different because it lets me choose my own path, and it also lets me stand out from the competition. FBLA really gave me a firey passion to be the best in what I do. I use a lot of the math formulas that I learned in high school throughout the course of FBLA. The world of business involves a lot of math, and to be successful within the roles of business, you need to know your math.

What is the most exciting thing you have learned or have done in your CTE program?
The most exciting thing I have done in FBLA program was winning the position of MD FBLA Region 3 Vice President. It was an absolute honor to receive this position. As the MD FBLA Region 3 Vice President, I get to host the Region 3 Leadership Conference at my high school. In doing so, I am excited that I have this opportunity that many others do not.

How did you fit both your academic and FBLA courses into your schedule?
I am able to fit both my academic and FBLA courses into my schedule by planning ahead. To me, preparation is a major key to success. In life if you’re not prepared, then you’re not ready to succeed. Also, believe that having a motivation for the organization has also helped me stay mentally focused to handle multiple priorities into my schedule.

What would you tell incoming freshman about FBLA?
I would tell incoming freshman to be yourself, and to always have a plan on what you want to do. Everybody has a motivation in life, and I’m a huge supporter in chasing dreams. However, you have to be willing to put in the hard work along the way.