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Academy of Finance Holds Networking Breakfast

Nov. 28, 2016
Written by AOF Senior Kaleigh Gibbons

students chat during the AOF networking breakfastOn October 24, 2016, the Academy of Finance hosted their annual Networking Breakfast. Students from grades 9-12 along with teachers and advisory board members gathered together in the cafeteria for a breakfast and networking opportunity. The students were given a chance to interact through their common interest and share what the academy means to them.

During the breakfast, the students sat at a table with a teacher and board member. They shared a great breakfast and a team building activity where the goal was to build the tallest 3-column structure. The team who built the tallest structure won bragging rights but that wasn’t the purpose of the activity. The purpose was to have everyone work together and have fun.

After the team building activity, we had time for sharing from academy students. Two seniors spoke about their summer internships and how great they were. Many juniors last summer were involved in a variety of internships, which is one of the many advantages of the Academy. Underclassmen also shared why they joined the Academy this year. There was a similar theme shared by the students: the Academy of Finance helps us to be future ready, which is actually the NAF (National Academy of Finance) logo “Be Future Ready”. Whastudents work together on an icebreaker project during the AOF networking breakfastt it means to be future ready depends on the person, however for Academy students we are being prepared for the real world of finance and college. We do this through our classes and work. Personally, I can say that the Academy has taught me so much and it is a privilege to be a part of it. The underclassmen see this opportunity as well and decided to be a part of it.
 
Towards the end of the breakfast the board members rotated to each table and talked to the students for a few minutes. Many board members told us about their lives, careers, why they are on the board, as well as offered a few words of wisdom. It will be great to spend more time with the board members soon so we can learn from them and hear about their life experiences. Their advice and wisdom is always appreciated.

I recommend the Academy of Finance to all students. I think it would be great if this was school wide and every student had this opportunity. It’s encouraging to see how many students appreciate the Academy and how much they get out of it. As a senior, I can’t wait to see how the Academy will grow and I hope that the underclassmen have the same experience I have had.