The first Friday of November was a particularly notable one for the Early College Students at Kent Campus. The Big Student, Little Student mentoring club was visited by Billie Nimnicht III of Nimnicht Chevrolet. An incredible entrepreneur, Nimnicht offered plenty of sound advice for the students ranging from how to be more successful in the business to what to look for from car dealerships. He explained that oftentimes, a few negative experiences at dealerships shape how car salesmen are perceived by the general public. “We know who they are within the industry,” Nimnicht explained. “The best advice is to not get caught up in the moment. If the salesman is not being straightforward – walk out.” He also expanded on how easy it is to earn a positive reputation with an employer. “Even something as simple as ‘Hey, I’ve finished the work already, is there anything else you’d like me to do?’ helps.” He went on to describe how loyalty with a company is a highly sought-after characteristic both for employers and those who are attempting to purchase a car. Good credit is especially important as well. “Start early. If you can, get a credit card with a low limit and pay it off every single month,” Nimnicht emphasized. Students were immensely grateful for his advice.
Also happy to offer advice was Maurice “Uncle Reece” Hicks. Hicks is a successful recording artist who attended FSCJ before graduating from Florida State University. “I’m not here for the guy on someone’s shoulders while everyone screams, ‘Johnny! Johnny!’… I’m here for the guy who falls, but keeps on walking.” Hicks told his story about how he overcame negative influences in his life through the help of an employee at FSCJ who gave him a job, taught him to let go of destructive people, and how to show appreciation. Hicks described how he was able to change lives through the “power of appreciation”. He began thanking professors after every class for something specific he learned. From there, he earned a positive reputation around campus, and even ran for student president on the advice of a new friend he made and his mentor. “I wasn’t equipped to be a winner, but I knew I didn’t want to be a loser,” Hicks explained. And a loser he certainly is not. After high school, he earned Associate’s in Mathematics. His premiere album, Bold, debuted on the Billboard charts in 2014. A walking example of what can happen when one believes in themselves, Early College definitely has a good model to follow.