Five questions with the Metropolitan Campus Pinnacle recipient: Sedona Hill
By Kenna Caprio
May 4, 2018 — Sedona Hill, who graduates with a degree in business administration, has traveled to all seven continents. But her biggest adventure still awaits — graduation! The University Honors student, Global Scholar and Metropolitan Campus Pinnacle Award recipient will address the crowd at MetLife Stadium on behalf of her classmates.
FDU: What motivates you academically?
My family. I always strive to make them proud of me. I want the best for them as well as for myself. They’ve instilled strength in me—I can do whatever I set my mind to. Education is my path to a successful future.
FDU: Name a moment when you felt uncomfortable because someone or something challenged your understanding of the world. How did you grow?
Before college, I’d never thought about the value chain of a product. You just think about yourself and getting a coffee. But there’s a whole supply chain and value chain that it takes for you to get that coffee in Starbucks.
Now I’m more aware: Are companies providing products sustainability and morally? What types of regulations are companies putting in place to protect developing countries? What are they implementing so people aren’t being exploited?
Seeing how many companies don’t have these regulations is so upsetting. A lot of people just don’t care about how the product got to that table. We have to think more about humanity on a global scale. The things you do and the products you buy can really affect other people.
FDU: How has a failure, or a seeming failure, led you to future success?
In high school, I was in a car accident that resulted in brain damage and short-term memory loss. My doctors told me that I would never be able to maintain a university workload. Hearing that felt like failure; I always wanted to go to college.
Back at school, during senior year in U.S. history, I found strength in an Eleanor Roosevelt quote on the wall, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Even though I felt so low, I pushed myself to work hard, study hard and always participate in class and go to tutoring. I’m never going to let someone dictate what I’m capable of or want to do.
FDU: How are you making the world a better place?
One way is buying products that are sustainable. Unilever is my favorite — the epitome of humanitarian companies. Supporting businesses that invest in the world is important.
Also, I’m working on a foundation, Project Lux, to provide a safe place for young women to feel more confident in themselves. Girls can be exploited, used and not really cherished. Hopefully over the summer, I can work more on it and fully launch after graduate school.
FDU: What's next for you after graduation?
I’m continuing my education at FDU to get my MBA.
Eventually, I want to be an entrepreneur, one with policies in place to ensure human rights. I’ll be making sure my company thinks not just about making sustainable products, but also about what happens after items get to the consumer. Are my products being recycled? Are they helping the world?
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