On the Tuesday morning of May 15, 2018, National Academy Foundation(NAF) students enrolled in a Miami-Dade-County Public Schools came together for the 5th annual NAF Mega Student Industry Conference event that took place in the Miami Airport Convention Center(MACC). This conference might have exponentially changed student’s perspectives on careers and the future they want for themselves.
Students under the NAF branch are all competing for internships and seeking opportunities as their high school years go by. Various academies such as Academy of Finance, Academy of Engineering, Academy of Health Science, Academy of Information Technology and Academy of Hospitality and Tourism are all under the National Academy Foundation and are excelling at getting their enrolled students NAFTrack Certified after completing all requirements and guidelines of the programs.
All students were to choose two Sessions of interest: Session A and Session B. The app “Whova” guided NAF students throughout the event from registration time to their departing time.
The event started up as students walked in to register from 7:30-8:00 A.M. Many universities such as FIU, FAU, Miami Dade college, and many others, set up their own booth from 8:00-9:15 A.M. to educate and possibly transform a student’s life in making their career vision clearer. Afterwards, schools sat down together in their table of choice for the Opening Session that took place at the East Hall from 9:30-10:30 A.M. where speakers such as Soley Gonzalez(Community Relations, SFEFCU), Lisa Dughi (Chief Operating Officer), Marie L. Izquierdo(Chief Academic Officer), Anu Chitrapu (Senior Vice President, Bank of America) and Alberto Carvalho(Superintendent of schools) talked about the purpose and goals of the National Academy Foundation. They also gave advice and their personal encounters not just in their professional life but also in their personal life.
After the Opening Session, Students parted ways as they went on the search to find their selected Session A(10:40-11:30) and Session B(11:40-12:30) or if they had interviews, then they proceeded to their desk to meet with representatives of companies. When 12:30 arrived students went downstairs for some lunch and a fun chance to win prizes and enter the Cashinator to win some cash money. Lunch ended approximately at 1:30 P.M. and students boarded their buses. Students departed with a contrasting mindset than the one they had when entering those doors at the MACC. They gained a new and profound learning experience and a completely different outlook towards what the future holds.