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Turner Rollins

turner rollinsTurner Rollins, a Marketing major in the Class of 2020, is on a path to success. As a First-Year Integrated Core (FYIC) student in the fall of 2016, Turner believes, “the FYIC impacted my college career by giving me a taste of the real business world.” He expresses that this is a rare opportunity for people his age as “young students get to make a presentation that has the potential to make a difference in the business world. It can be very empowering to give first year students this much freedom and trust.” Turner says that learning how to work with ambiguity is the most valuable asset he gained from his time in the FYIC. “Like most students coming from high school, I was very used to rigid guidelines in my classwork. Not having that was very daunting at first, but I eventually learned to find it liberating to have the freedom to go wherever I wanted to with the project.”

Working with First-Year Integrated Core faculty, Turner is currently working on a research project studying successful traits of inter-team dynamics. He credits the Farmer School of Business and the First-Year Integrated Core for aiding him through this process by arming him with different approaches to new problems. What sparked Rollins’ interest in inter-team dynamics was his own experience. “It taught me a lot about time management and changed the way I viewed teamwork.” The final client challenge project “helped me, and my team, figure out how to use each member’s skill sets to produce the best results. When conflicts arose we had to learn to stick together and move forward as a unit because the teams weren’t changing but the way we worked could.”

Turner’s advice for incoming students is to “stay open to change, learn to incorporate every team member’s ideas, and focus on making the best solution for the Client Project. I would also urge other students to start their own projects, there’s people and resources here to help you if you ask.”