Ben is a current health and physical education major with a concentration in health promotion. His dream job is to work in the medical device sales industry. “Although I am studying Health Sciences, I have always been interested in the business side of things… a career in medical device sales would be the best of both worlds: health and business,” Ben explains.
Ben was drawn to Longwood because while “visiting other universities, I felt like a stranger but when I toured Longwood, I felt comfortable walking around campus as myself. I picked Longwood because I wanted more of the one-on-one attention and the chance to establish tight-knit relationships with my professors and peers,” he explained. Longwood became a second home for Ben and he loves the friendships he was able to build during his time here.
In addition to his academic schedule, Ben is also involved in a plethora of extracurricular activities. He is a former member of the Student Government Association where he served as a Senator and Executive Senator, he is a Peer Mentor, a brother and Fundraising Chair for his fraternity, Theta Chi, and a member of the ultimate frisbee and club tennis teams.
If Ben could thank one person from his time at Longwood, he would give kudos to Kevin Napier ‘18 in the Cormier Honors College. “Kevin is a fraternity brother, best friend, mentor, citizen leader and a Longwood staff member who is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty… he has always been the person I look up to when I need guidance or advice,” Ben explained. And while not a degree requirement, Ben’s favorite class was LDST220: Leadership and Service, because it is the class he had to work the hardest in. “It was a public speaking course and public speaking plays such a vital role in how salesman present and are able to sell a product…the course also taught me how citizen leadership aligns with community and civic engagement and how it cultivates an understanding and application for the “leaders as servants” concept,” Ben exclaimed.
The driving force behind Ben’s desire to sell and serve is his can-do attitude; he believes that to sell a product is much like serving others, that with the right level of perseverance, and the alignment with an organization’s mission and goals, success will be achieved. What is success for Ben? “For me, success is measured by how happy I am… as long as I am moving in the right direction and can strike a balance between wealth, freedom, and opportunity, then I know I have found what’s right, and that’s success. I firmly believe in the saying: ‘if I find a job I love, I’ll never work a day in my life’ and medical device sales fits perfectly into that dream.”
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