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Holden Fender

Northwestern Mutual

Campus Ambassador and Student

Personal Information

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School: NC State

Major: Business Administration

Years at College Works: 2013

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Northwestern Mutual

Title: Campus Ambassador and Student

Industry: Finance

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP changed my whole outlook on the meaning of a challenging experience.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

I still have yet to graduate, but one of the major takeaways I got from CWP was the mindset you have to have to be successful. You can't start your day at noon an expect to be successful, and you can't be deterred by failure. CWP forced me to go through and bounce back from failures I had never endured before, and as a result I have more mental toughness than ever before.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

The greatest lesson for me was learning the true value of clear and concise communication. Communicating clearly can make the difference between an easy job and one that turns into a huge pain.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

My advice to CWP participants would be just to make sure to work hard when you're on the clock but reward yourself when you succeed. This will be a huge help to your own personal sanity when things get tough because believe me they will.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

My favorite memory would be the last payroll event we had where we went white water rafting and stayed in a cabin over night. It was a great time to just let loose and hang out with the fellow interns and enjoy ourselves.

Last words of wisdom

Dream big and shoot for the stars! No one achieves greatness by staying in their own comfort zone.