Travis Smith is already using the leadership skills he learned in the classroom and on campus at Florida College in the business world. He has worked in multiple internship programs, including his current job at SOFWERX, and is planning to take on full-time work at Sunbelt Staffing after graduation.
“Being at Florida College is nice because I’ve gotten all these opportunities I wouldn’t have gotten somewhere else, and they look really good on a resume,” Travis said. “It makes it easier for me to step into positions of leadership.”
Although he loves music and came to Florida College as a music major, Travis quickly discovered he wanted to do something else with his professional life. He changed his academic focus to health sciences and then once more to business before finding the right fit. Now he is just a few weeks away from completing the necessary coursework for a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he is already thankful for the things he learned at Florida College.
“The knowledge I gained at Florida College directly prepared me for my career,” Travis said.
In the classroom, Travis has studied management and leadership principles under the direction of business professors who themselves are outstanding examples of leaders. He has learned from the leadership styles of both Paul Greiving, chair of the business department, and Brian Gilliam, the newest addition to the business faculty.
On campus, Travis has been involved in a variety of organizations and activities. He was a member of Omega Chi for two years and served as the group’s treasurer, and he is currently a member of Phi Sigma Chi. He worked part time in the office of admissions and retention services as a telecounselor. He has also stayed involved with music through a private piano class and primarily serving as a member of the Florida College Friends for two years.
As a member of the Friends, Travis performed concerts throughout the year and traveled the country on tour for two summers representing Florida College. He was responsible for recruiting prospective students and building relationships with alumni and friends of Florida College across the nation. The skills he gained while serving in this capacity will also serve him in his future career.
“Music is my passion, but I’m a business major,” Travis said. “I found a way to get all of my business skills in a way that also allowed me to pursue music.”
Whether singing with the friends group or working in the local community, Travis serves as an outstanding representative of Florida College.
That’s how Travis Smith is leading His way.