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FAL-WIN 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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RAVENINGS 14 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2018 A t a small school where everyone wants to see you succeed, you can make a big impact," said Lolami Lola-Charles '19, who feels strongly that this close-knit community helps him be the best he can be. Last year, with support of the University through the student travel grant, Lola-Charles attended the Eastern National Association for Black Accountants Conference in Norfolk, Va. While there, he made connections with Johnson & Johnson, resulting in a paid internship over the summer. Born just outside the city of Lagos, Nigeria, and reared in Edgewood, Md., Lola-Charles is enrolled in the Business Plus 3 + 1 Program, double majoring in accounting and finance. e program is designed for students to earn their B.S. and their MBA in four years. Lola-Charles began playing basketball in high school and realized that he had natural abilities for the game. He was scouted by Pierce men's head basketball coach David Chadbourne in his senior year to play for the Ravens. Lola-Charles saw the opportunity as "a lane to go to college debt-free," he said. So he jumped at the opportunity. Balancing basketball and coursework was challenging, but Lola- Charles' work ethic meant he earned the title of Northeast-10 Conference Commissioners Honor Roll Scholar Athlete. He and his teammates also serve as instructors in the University's basketball camps, and Lola-Charles works in the Office of Admissions as a guide for prospective students. As a child of an immigrant and an immigrant himself, Lola-Charles credits his mother for inspiring him to attend college and become a successful businessman. He believes the best way he can repay her is to be successful himself. — Alexa Wallace '16 MBA '19 Success is found in a multitude of ways at FPU LOLAMI LOLA-CHARLES '17 MBA '19 Lolami Lola-Charles Secures Internship SUCCESS FACING PAGE AND THIS PAGE: ANDREW CUNNINGHAM

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