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About dereknehls

A Senior at Robert H. Smith School of Business, follow me as I accomplish my aspirations to become a business professional at the UMD's Shady Grove Campus in Rockville, Md.

Be a successful Juggler: a guide to better Work, Life and School Balance

Many people have taken on the roles of spouse, employee, parent, and caregiver before even beginning their career as a college student.  If like some you choose to take on two or more of these roles, sir/madam I applaud you … Continue reading

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You’re Invited

Save the date! November 7th the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md are opening its doors to the public and everyone is invited.  Are you a community college, returning or transferring student? REGISTER NOW! Are you interested in earning … Continue reading

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USG 2018 and beyond

For those of your taking the shady grove road entrance, you must have encounter this ominous looking building bearing down at you as you make your commute to campus.  Heck, just a couple of months ago that area was all … Continue reading

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Showing Off Our Colors

Welcome back friends! I am still reeling from this year’s USG Fall Festival.  In case you missed it (shame on you) on Wednesday, September 16th the court yard converted into a pep rally festival featuring inflatables, like you could ever be … Continue reading

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Glad to Light Up USG

Leadership can be hard to define and it means different things to different people.  When I try to define the epitome of a leader I imagine a person that sets direction, builds an inspiring vision, and creates something new within … Continue reading

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Liberty’s Promise

Lolita was fourteen years old when she left Guatemala.  Fleeing an environment of violence and poverty that pushed her to the edge of desperation, in February 2014 she decided to embark on a perilous journey that would cover 1,500 miles across … Continue reading

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Going World Class

For those of you following my blog since my very first post, you would understand that my decision to come live in Rockville and attend the Universities at Shady Grove was by no means a coincidence.  Living less than a … Continue reading

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The World Was My Oyster But I Used The Wrong Fork

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” -Clarence Thomas, American Supreme Judge. Most astute businessmen insist on breaking bread with anyone they are going to work with, especially someone they plan on bringing on board as a … Continue reading

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Eat Local, Eat Fresh!

Many farms grow corn, and some farms grow the nutritious fruits and vegetables found at a farmers’ market, but one farm in particular became the seed of inspiration for the first ever “Chef’s and Farmers Summit” on February 24 at the Universities … Continue reading

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Annual Film Festival Reaches for the Stars

An Arctic blast that brought a half a foot of snow on Tuesday causing USG to close its doors was the buzz around campus, but honestly, why write about the drudgery of the snow and the cold when everybody’s mind is fighting the strongest of … Continue reading

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