I’m excited to continue to introduce new participants as they start their Praxis experience this Fall! Nick Tucker impressed us immediately as an applicant. He has a passion for learning and exploring big ideas that’s unique and knows what he wants out of his education. Nick has also shown a commitment to self-discipline and strong work ethic through his endeavors as a competitive tennis player.
Nick will be participating in the program from Pittsburgh, PA where he will be working alongside the owner of KP Builders Inc. and Allegheny Crane Rental in a position that was created specifically for a Praxis participant. Working closely with the founder of multiple successful and growing companies will allow him to gain experience in all aspects of business operations including sales, marketing and business strategy.
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Starting in September, Nick will begin a series of customized personal and professional development challenges, portfolio projects, create a personal website, and work with Praxis advisors and entrepreneurs in our network to join the top 1% of young professionals just a few months after graduating high school! (Click to view sample PDP from a past participant)
What He’ll Learn:
- How to relate his passions to his profession
- How to distinguish himself from his peers and competitors
- How to teach himself anything
- How to be interesting and indispensable
- How to create projects and get things done
What He’ll Do:
- Create Two Independent Business Projects
- Build a Personal Website and Develop an Online Presence
- Complete a 3-Month Portfolio Project
- Become a Regular Content Creator
- Become an Entrepreneurial Thinker
We asked Nick about his decision to apply to Praxis and this is what he said:
During my senior year of high school, everyone was focused on figuring out what college they were going to attend. At the beginning of the year I saw college as virtually my only option for the coming Fall. As I started to fill out applications, I started to doubt the value of attending college at all and started to research alternatives.
That’s when I discovered Praxis. It was exactly what I’d been looking for. It’s the incredible combination of real-world business experience and higher level education that I was so drawn to. I cannot wait to develop new skills and gain relevant professional knowledge working with my business partner over the next year. In my opinion, this is one of the most important steps I’ve taken to increase my value to others. Plus, Praxis is comprised of some of the most brilliant minds I’ve interacted with and the opportunity to be learning from them is just incredible.
What made you think twice about attending college right out of high school?
I have plenty of friends who have been through the entire system, done everything right, and obtained their degree. But when I look at their current careers, they are not really using their degrees in the way they might have expected. They are starting from scratch to learn a trade, develop skills, and be valuable in the marketplace. They are mostly grateful to have a job, just as I have a job now.
The main difference, so far as I could tell, is that they are four years behind and deeply in debt. College did not provide a network of support, much less the practical skills and experience, to be the success they hoped they would become. This is not universally true, but I’ve seen enough of this disappointment to give me pause.