Connor Mohar attended CAPS during the 2013-2014 school year taking Global Business. A BVH graduate, Connor attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is majoring in Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management. He is also an AROTC cadet. Here are Conors’s reflections of his time at CAPS:
Did your CAPS experiences help you understand what you wanted to pursue in college and where you wanted to go?
CAPS most definitely assisted me in narrowing down what I wanted to do when I was older. They offered everyone broad areas to choose from, all of which hit every major field. I then was able to identify the areas in which I had the most interest. As a result, I was allowed to pursuit specific subjects within an industry until I found what motivated and interested me the most. With the help of the outstanding teaching staff at CAPS and their fantastic resources, I was able to use everything they had taught me and apply it all in real world situations with a local company.
What aspects of CAPS helped prepare you for success in college?
The courses I took at CAPS most certainly helped prepare me for college. The classes offered are taught at such higher level than at the high schools. Plus, they are being taught by successful individuals who have had experience in the industry, which is especially beneficial because they are not just teaching you content, they are sharing their personal knowledge and expertise. The level of professionalism also really helped transition into college. I showed up for my first semester and was shocked at some of the things I heard and saw from fellow classmates. The professional environment provided at CAPS was an essential part of my time there. Practicing proper business etiquette before ever showing up to college puts a student at such an advantage because not only does it encourage students to always think professionally, but also makes it easier to talk to your superiors (classmates, professors, businesses).
What was your biggest take-away from your CAPS experience?
Some of the most important things I took away from CAPS came from one of the most influential people there to me; Gregg Brown. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You have to work hard for what you want, and anything in life that is worth doing, is worth overdoing. The professionalism I learned while at CAPS was the more beneficial thing I took away from my time there, whether that be professional communication, how to run a business meeting, or even making a final sale. Learning how to add value to a company or position is one of the most important things an individual can do. And lastly, the presentation and interpersonal skills I learned at CAPS have made a significant difference in the classes I have taken and relationships I have made.