Student Admission Ambassadors
Northwood University Student Ambassadors are on the ready to answer your questions and offer you an exceptional campus visit. Our students can give you the inside scoop on everything about Northwood University as they live and breathe University life every day. Our Ambassadors come from across the country and around the world, take a look at their biographies below to get to know them better.
Florida Campus Student Ambassadors
My name is Alexis Batista and I am from Tucson, Arizona. I graduated from Tucson High School with honors and finished in the top twenty-five in my class. I am currently a senior here at Northwood and majoring in Management. I am twenty-two years old and I’m currently playing on the Northwood baseball team. Before attending Northwood I attended Pima Community College for two years and also played baseball there. This is my second year working in the admissions office and I plan to graduate in May of 2014.
My name is Sedrick Bernard, my hometown is Deltona, FL, and I'm currently a senior at Northwood. My major is Advertising & Marketing. I've had many different jobs consisting of working at the Breakers Hotel, but my favorite is being a student Ambassador. I'm also currently working at the Cheesecake Factory in Downtown West Palm Beach as a server. My most noticeable internship is at Clear Channel Radio. They own over 500 radio stations in the South Florida area.I've participated in Boy's State University in High school and was in the Tomorrow's Leaders Program. Since participating at Northwood I've done over 50 Hours of Community service and I've been so excited to make a difference. I've gained knowledge at Northwood and learned to apply it in my life. I'm going to college to learn how to run a business and make opportunities for others. My goal in the entrepreneur world is to serve and help people; while thinking of creative ways to promote products. I will develop my mindset such as the most successful people I know like Steve Jobs, Rich DeVos, or John Maxwell. I know I can pursue the big dream of becoming a millionaire and then billionaire and then having the amazing opportunity of giving back and learning to be a philanthropist. I've been working alongside many mentors since high school. If I fail to do something new; I will try harder. There is no such thing as failure. If at first you don't succeed you're in good company. If you do not succeed, try harder. I also desire to market products I believe in.
My name is Kenneth Butler. I am a senior from Greenville, South Carolina. I am currently studying Automotive Marketing and Management. Throughout high school I worked in a grocery store called Bi-Lo. And after my freshman year at Northwood, I took a semester off to go home and work for a construction company. Now I am back in West Palm Beach finishing up my degree and planning for my future. I am a very active person who loves to try new things. I have a genuine love for sports. In grade school I played baseball, basketball, football, I ran track, and I also swam competitively. However, my sports career came to an end when I got to college, but I started working out consistently and playing basketball whenever possible.
The most defining time of my life came when I was a junior in high school. I was presented with the opportunity to be an exchange student in Ecuador. To that point, I had never traveled outside of the southeastern part of the United States. During my nine-month stay in Ecuador, I learned so much and grew immensely as a person. Not only did I learn some of the Spanish language and culture, but I also regularly interacted with students my age from all over the United States and students from over 15 different countries. This experience dramatically opened my mind by teaching me more about other people and also teaching me more about myself. After graduating Northwood I am sure that I will have an exciting journey moving forward, and that is something that I look forward to everyday.
My name is Robert Carlisle. I am from Leesburg, Fl. I am a junior studying Business Management at Northwood University. I was recruited to Northwood’s Cross Country program my senior year of high school. At first I was skeptical of coming here. The price seemed expensive compared to the local state universities. Before making a decision I decided to at least visit Northwood. I made the trip to West Palm and it was worth it. I met professors, deans and a few students. It looked like they were all a part of a large family. I met with the coach and he came across as a great guy. He was one of those people who aren’t looking for a paycheck; he wanted to see me succeed. On the way back I had the feeling that maybe they just put on a show and the school isn’t really like that. After some thinking I realized that even if they were faking they really sold it to me, if I can learn how to do that I can be successful.
Since my attendance began at Northwood I have maintained a few different jobs: Working as a Server at City Fire, an Intern at Coldwell Banker All Village Realty, Campus Brand Manager for U-Haul, Financial/Operational Management tutor and Student Ambassador for Northwood University. Most of these jobs were held at the same time. While maintaining a 3.2 GPA I have been involved in many other activities proving that I am a well-rounded student. I was a Resident Assistant at the dorms, Elected President of the SGA, Received multiple awards for Community service, and am a member of DECA (a competitive business club).Northwood has taught me more than just business, it is why I feel confident I can get a job when I move on. With my internships I have been able to see that we come out more prepared, than students from other schools, for real life situations. Because we take business classes from year one, we get a full four years of learning business. Mix that with all of the extra training Northwood offers, we are ready.
My name is Nicholas Cooper and I am a junior studying International Business from Columbia, South Carolina. I have an interest in reading our Wall Street journal’s offered to our student body every week as well as our Omniquest selections that are chosen for our school to read each school year. I have an employment experience with Justnik Landscaping Service, CommonGrounds Inc., and most importantly, my experience working as a student ambassador for Northwood University. While working as an ambassador for Northwood University I had the chance to team up with ESPN 760 Radio. This was the highlight of my 1st semester of my sophomore year. I chose to attend Northwood University because of the opportunity and the experience that is offered to you while learning in an environment with students from different backgrounds that originate from all across the world. Northwood stands out from any other school because they have a staff that actually cares about your success. They encourage you to learn the tools that are necessary to be successful in the business world today.
My name is Christopher Cronican; I was born in Fairfax Virginia and raised in the Northwest. I’ve played baseball my whole life and plan on working to go further in the sport. A big part of coming to Northwood was because of how I was introduced to it. After visiting campus I saw that Northwood wasn’t just any school, but a big family and great learning space. At Northwood, I will be majoring in Management and hopefully one day carry that on to manage my own company.My Admission Representative created an excitement about this school on many levels. The importance of getting an excellent education, connecting me with the head baseball coach and from there I was offered to represent the Northwood baseball team, and connected me with like-minded incoming students that I have become good friends. Making the major change to move across country to attend Northwood was a serious decision for me and my Representative took all steps necessary in helping me make an educated decision. My time spent here so far, has been great. Our professors are focused in supporting us in having strong futures, we have a thriving sports programs and the social atmosphere is great.
My name is Johana Espinal and I am from Miami, FL and my parents are from Honduras. I am a freshman here at Northwood majoring in Business and Management. Not only did I choose Northwood because I knew it was a great business school but I was also offered a scholarship to play for the women's soccer team. This is also my first year as a student Ambassador and I am looking forward to working here until graduation.
Hello, my name is Louis, I am from London, England and I am a sophomore here at Northwood University. My major is Entertainment, Sports and Promotion Management and I was recruited to come here to play college golf, which I have loved every minute doing here in West Palm Beach. I love to help out the local community by volunteering for local events with my team such as the PGA Honda Classic and The First Tee at the Palm Beaches.
Mestiyage Jayawardana (MJ)
The only limits are, as always, those of vision.
– James Broughton
I have lived by these words all my life. Great vision and hard work is what makes a superior leader. It takes complete dedication and a resilient attitude to reach any goal. I have always been an advocate of hard work and dedication and I will forever be a believer of the phrase “Anything is possible if you simply put your mind to it”.
My journey at Northwood Florida began in the spring of 2012. The time I spent at Northwood Florida was by far the two most exciting years of my life. The education I received, people I met, networks I made, places I was able to visit and the experiences I got, truly made these two years the most memorable time in my life.
This year I was chosen to represent Northwood University Florida at the Outstanding Business Leader’s Awards. This was an amazing opportunity where I got to meet and network with some of the leading industry moguls in the corporate world. Here I had the honor of representing Mr. Robert Forbes of Forbes magazine. Also this year I have the honor of representing Northwood Florida at the Distinguished Woman Awards as well.
Academically, I have been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA and appear in the president’s list every semester. Furthermore, I was also a recipient of the Academic Honors Scholarship. However, Academia was not the only thing I was involved in. I volunteered in numerous non-profit causes such as, Locks of Love, American Lung Society, Junior Achievers, American Cancer Society, Sunfest and many more. As a result, this year I received an Excel Award for outstanding volunteerism. Being a Student Ambassador for Northwood University is truly an honor as I get to represent the university from which I gained so much from. I also work as a Student Assistant at the IT department of Northwood University.
This year I will be graduating with a 4.0 GPA and Summa Cum Laude honors. I was also awarded the International Student of the Year Award from among students of over 50 countries. I was truly happy to get an opportunity to represent my island home.Northwood University has made me feel at home more than 9000 miles away from my birth home. When I chose to attend Northwood University, I did not know any person for thousands of miles from this school. Bringing myself to a completely different culture with strangers certainly took a lot of courage and determination. However, from the very first day I felt at home in our small campus. I believe in the culture we have here at Northwood. Having visited many big universities, I feel privileged that I belong to the Northwood Family where everyone greets you with a smile and a “Hello”. It is this culture that I want to represent and these values that I want to advocate as I see myself through this culture, tradition, and virtues of Northwood.
My name is Tiffany Larsen and I am originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. I am a freshman this year majoring in Accounting and I also play soccer here at Northwood. I chose this school for its highly recognized academic and athletic program. I’m excited to take on new responsibilities and meet students that come from a diverse background on the Florida Campus. My involvement in both intercollegiate athletics, as well as, extracurricular activities is making my first year at Northwood University both engaging and entertaining. I look forward to the next four years and making memories and building my resume to go out into the workplace and fulfill my dreams.
My name is Jeffrey. I am currently in my first year at Northwood University and pursuing the Hospitality Management major. I enjoy working out, studying, and watching movies. I am also a part of the Student Government on campus and enjoy volunteering in several on and off campus activities. I chose Northwood University because I am a strong willed individual with leadership qualities and a business mind, and Northwood surrounds me with like-minded people daily, challenging me to be the best that I can be.
My name is Danielle Miller. I am from Buffalo, New York. I am a senior in the Accounting program. I chose Northwood because its business specific curriculum allows me to focus entirely on what I am interested in. The faculty also contributes to a learning environment in which I know I will succeed in, and find a career right for me as soon as I graduate. I also like to participate in DECA, a competitive business club. Throughout my past three years at Northwood I have participated in study abroad programs traveling through Europe and Asia. Northwood’s helpful staff, encouraging learning environment and extremely intelligent faculty, makes it one of a kind.
I am Michelle Ray, currently a senior here at Northwood University with a Major in Marketing and a minor in International Business. I am in the four year BBA/MBA program and currently in my second year. I am involved in DECA and a Student Ambassador working for the Admissions office.
It may sound as though I have my plans together, but this is far from where I thought I would be as a high school student. I once planned on attending art school with a focus on fashion design in order to attain my dream job of working for Nike. However, during my senior year of high school, I realized that college was rather expensive! After applying for many different scholarships and visiting schools to try and find the most affordable option I realized art school may not be part of my immediate future.
Being a DECA student in high school I was at a competition in Orlando, FL and approached the Northwood booth. I was instantly greeted by the representatives who spent the next half hour telling me about all that Northwood had to offer. When I returned home I did more research and found out that this may be my perfect match!
My first semester here at Northwood I enrolled right away in four year BBA/MBA program that gave me a slight overload of classes. This did not hinder my college experience. During my first semester I was a Seahawk as part of the collegiate women’s tennis team. The second semester I became a Student Ambassador working for the Admissions office. During the fall season of my second year I was able to partake in the study abroad program of a Semester in Europe. During this time we traveled to thirteen different countries learning about culture, business, and all sorts of amazing life experiences.
Even with all these amazing experiences I am still on track to graduate with my MBA in just four years. My dreams of being an art student may have been altered but never suppressed. I am still able to do art during my free time but with my education at Northwood I am now learning the business side of the operation in order to make myself more valuable and more likely to succeed!
Maria Camila Romero, freshman at Northwood University in the Advertising and Marketing major. I was born in Colombia, but have lived here in West Palm Beach Florida for 8 years. I am a proud member of the new dance program here at Northwood, Blue Crush Dance Team. Also a part of the prestigious Student Ambassador group. I hope to make the best out of my four years and make different connections and friendships that will last me a lifetime.I choose Northwood because it feels personal opposed to another number in a roster. I am very excited to see how much I can grow and help others do the same during my collegiate chapter of life.
Hello my name is Adalberto Trujillo, but I like to be called by my nickname Beto. I'm currently a junior that is majoring business management. I was born in Miami, but raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. I chose Northwood because the potential I could have here. For instance, Northwood has professors who have experience in the business world and will have one-on-one meetings with me if I need any assistance in class. I’m currently president of Seahawks For Change club. Northwood sticks out more than other schools because it has people from all over the world, professors have the business experience to teach us, and the students and staff here are amazing to work with.
Northwood University chose me from the beginning. I was scouted for softball by the Coach and that is what first brought me to NU. My first visit I was instantly hooked. They told me about the small class sizes and the one on one attention I would receive. NU is like a family and that is exactly what someone like me needs. I'm only two hours from the school, so that also helped. Being close to my family is awesome. Their Sports Management Program really spoke to me and I knew that it would be a great fit for my career in the future. I have only been at NU for only a couple months and I already love it.