Hannah Smith graduated in 2016 from Blue Valley West. She came to CAPS during the 2015-2016 school year and was enrolled in Global Business. Hannah is a freshman at Kansas State University and is majoring in Business Management. She recently reached out to her CAPS instructors to give them an update. Here is what she had to say:
I do not think I realized the importance of the skills we learned at CAPS until now, when one of my teachers from first semester approached me and told me how she was so impressed with my knowledge before coming into her General Business class. First and foremost, everything I learned in CAPS has been so beneficial and relevant to everything I am doing in college right now.
I will give a little refresher of where I am at right now and what I am currently doing! I am currently at Kansas State University, and I am a first year sophomore (thanks in parts to all the college credit that was offered through CAPS). I am pursuing a major in Business Management with a minor in Economics and I am currently going through the interview process for a summer internship. I took a general/introductory business class first semester and wow … it was a breeze because of everything I learned in CAPS. Most everything covered in class I had previously learned in Global Business, while juniors and seniors were still learning the basics. I feel like CAPS let me develop my soft skills beyond my years. I am confident that the reason I am still going through the internship interview process is because of those soft skills. Simple things, like being able to market yourself, professionalism, writing thank you notes (this is a huge one!!), having a good resume, and just being able to be confident and talk to business professionals … these skills have really given me an advantage and an upper hand. The client project and Shark Tank are so helpful and really got me out of my comfort zone and I feel so much more confident in knowing that this is the major I want to pursue.
So the point of this email is…thank you! Thank you so much for being amazing educators and always being so enthusiastic about CAPS. I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am that I got the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing program my senior year. CAPS was one of the favorite parts of my senior year, and it got me excited about learning again. I know so many others appreciate the program and all the time and effort the faculty puts into it. Again thank you so much for everything you’ve taught me, not just about business but the life skills I learned along with it (time management, organization, communication, global awareness, problem solving, etc.). I wish I could stress to high school seniors just how amazing this opportunity is.