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Class of 2023 Outcomes: Mia Clemons Cultivates Leadership

Jan 27th, 2023

Class of 2023 Outcomes: Mia Clemons Cultivates Leadership

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HPU graduates are leading prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse at one extraordinary member of the Class of 2023:

Name: Mia Clemons

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Major: Biology with minors in business administration and finance

Post-graduation plans: Clemons will join GE Healthcare’s Commercial Leadership Program, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this two-year rotational program, Clemons will further develop her skills as a future commercial leader through a core curriculum that fosters the development of commercial skills and techniques critical to success in all GE businesses.

How HPU helped you get there:

“High Point University has provided me with a supportive success network and invaluable networking tools. From my first day on campus freshman year, I have had so many opportunities to develop both personally and professionally. My advisors, professors and mentors at HPU have been there to support me throughout my undergraduate career and prepare me to succeed after graduation. Career advisors in the Office of Career and Professional Development helped me craft my resumes and cover letters and tailor them to each specific job or internship I applied to. I have also received tips and tools to polish my interview skills. The office has also introduced me to a number of job and internship opportunities through the student recruiting platform Handshake, which I used to secure my first internship with Novant Health.”

Most impactful mentor at HPU:

“Dr. Premalata Sundaram, associate professor of accounting, and Mr. Robert Tillman, career advisor for the Phillips School of Business, have been absolutely instrumental to my success at HPU. I had two classes with Dr. Sundaram during my time at HPU and she was extremely passionate about ensuring all of her students learn and succeed. She has always supported me and held me accountable, teaching me both technical and soft skills in and out of the classroom. Mr. Tillman has supported me as a student and as an individual, providing me with guidance and advice in navigating my undergraduate experience. He is always a smiling face and eager to assist any student in need.”

Most impactful moment at HPU:

“One of my most impactful moments at HPU was shared with Dr. Doug Hall, vice president of Career and Professional Development. Dr. Hall went out of his way to invite me and another student into his office to speak with us about post-graduate career opportunities in our field. He walked us through different opportunities and made sure to share and promote resources for preparing for the application processes, which truly speaks to how passionate he is about the success of HPU students. Experiencing that kind of passion and care for my success truly meant the world to me.”

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? 

“Having access to so many successful professionals has inspired and driven me to work towards achievement. Whether it has been making connections within the Access to Innovators Program or the Phillips School of Business Speaker Series, I have been inspired beyond measure by hearing the journeys of trial and success from dozens of accomplished professionals.”

What are the life skills HPU helped you develop that prepared you for long-term success?

“HPU has helped me develop an innumerable amount of life skills. My communication, emotional intelligence and professional skills have developed immensely and allowed me to achieve success as a student and prepare me for success following graduation.”

What are the values and virtues HPU’s campus helped you develop that you’ll take with you after graduation?

“HPU values gratitude and generosity, which is extremely evident on campus. Throughout my time at HPU, I have learned to be grateful for every person and opportunity afforded to me. I have also learned the value of servant leadership and giving back to the community. These are things that I apply every day in both my personal and professional life to be a better student and a better leader.”

Advice for underclassmen: 

“To find success after graduation,  begin preparing yourself before graduation. Take full advantage of the tools and resources provided to you at HPU. Learn how to network, create meaningful connections and do not be afraid to ask for help or guidance. From free LinkedIn photos to the Internship Guarantee and Access to Innovators Program, take advantage of every opportunity! Everyone at HPU wants to see you succeed and will help you achieve your goals!”

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