Let’s hear what Alex has to say about his Startup Tech Summer experience!
How was Startup Tech Summer different than other classes you’ve taken?
There were quite a few things that made Startup Tech Summer stand out from the rest of the classes I took in high school and other programs, in general. I have never been given access to such abundant resources, met so many professional people, or have the chance to connect with students that shared the same drive for entrepreneurship as me.
As the experience became more of a part of my life, I began to improve in public speaking, as well as being smart and aggressive in order to get whatever it is that I want in life. Without NFTE, I would not feel comfortable in saying that I consider myself an entrepreneurial person or that I know the exact steps that I need to take to start a business, two skills that I feel I will always harness and be thankful for.
What was the biggest challenge throughout Startup Tech Summer, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge that I faced during the Startup Tech Summer program was actually finding the time to complete my project, which was building a fully functional app and developing a professional pitch. My group and I always had great new ideas that we wanted to implement, and the program kept pushing us to finish in time. While this was more of a personal struggle, I managed to overcome it through focused attention to details in the development process of the app and by consulting my teammates, the program managers, and my mentors when I needed help with something.
What advice would you give to current NFTE students?
I would like to let current and future NFTE students know that they will be a different person after completing their NFTE program. They will be an improved version of themselves, and the skills that students learn through these programs can benefit them for the rest of their lives, should they choose to use them wisely and have a strong enough drive to pursue entrepreneurship and business.
I never thought that a program could have such an impact on my personality and mindset before I experienced the NFTE program. Participating in a NFTE program is a privilege and opportunity that can change your life.