Kristina Miller is a participant in the Fall 2014 Praxis class from Pittsburgh, PA
Near the end of college at the University of Pittsburgh, I realized that following my professors’ advice had led me down the wrong path: I was studying and conducting ethnographic research on obscure topics of little relevance to anyone outside of elite academic circles. They praised my work with awards and grants, but I had no passion for what I was doing—I wanted to create real value that would make the world a better place. My advisors were shocked to hear that I planned to pursue a career in business, and encouraged me to apply for graduate school instead. But I did not fit into their mold of the esoteric academic isolated from the market.
I chose to break that mold with Praxis so that I can experience the entrepreneurial process, learn from successful business leaders, and explore possibilities for my own career. In the future, I hope to use the skills I learn to become a leader and create value in the marketplace in a way that expresses my unique talents and passions. I speak several foreign languages and possess a keen cultural awareness gained from time spent living in developing areas of Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. I would like to use my international perspective to contribute to the global marketplace and break down artificial borders by taking advantage of the incredible access to instant communication we now have. I am confident that the personalized guidance and real-world immersion at Praxis will enable me to focus my vision and prepare me to make a difference in the world.