A sophomore at NSU's Huizenga College of Business, Robert Willis is also a member of President's 64, and a recipient of the Super Sharks Scholarship. While pursuing a double major in business and finance, not to mention a minor in economics, Willis took the time to address NSU Ambassadors Board members and their annual recognition dinner.
"It’s so inspiring to know that I go to a school where I feel that I am valued, not just in the classroom but standing here in front of some of the most influential people at NSU and in the community."
“All of the [growth and change] is very exciting from a student’s perspective because in just two short years – I'm a sophomore, this is my second year – I have seen this university grow tremendously. And this just keeps me incredibly excited to see what’s next, and how much further we can reach.
“NSU is such a young school, and it has such an incredible amount of energy. Not everyone might see that right now, but when I look at campus and I see the hospital emergency room being built, I see the M.D. program being created and expansion of our IT program, it’s huge. It’s so incredible to see the vision. And it makes me really happy to be a part of that.
“It also is comforting to know that in the future, my degree is going to hold a lot more value than I can even imagine right now. It’s just developing at such a fast rate. So I am excited for the next 50 years.”
“Everybody helps -- not only with developing the campus, but developing me as well. I have found since coming here that my true passions are in business and finance… and a minor economics, because I felt like I really wasn’t busy enough.
“I’m able to have a conversation with my professor. The professor knows who I am, understands my ambitions and where I want to go, and does what she can, not only with me, but all the other students in the classroom as well.
“I had the opportunity to go to UCF, FIU, but I decided on NSU because it’s almost like establishing roots, a home. People say where ‘are you from?’ and I say ‘NSU’.”
“It’s so inspiring to know that I go to a school where I feel that I am valued, not just in the classroom, but standing here in front of some of the most influential people at NSU and in the community. It’s really the culture. It’s just an incredibly amazing experience, and I’m just really honored to be speaking in front of you all here today. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for you.
“So I thank you with my deepest gratitude. I am excited to see where our development will go. And with tremendous commitment, hopefully one day I will be seated where you guys are today on the Ambassador’s Board and hopefully on the board of trustees because I certainly believe that what we’re doing here at NSU is going to make a difference.”