Student

Samir Khalid Pringle

  • Accounting & Business Administration

He dreams of owning a business one day. Until then, he's determined to seize every opportunity to get involved across campus, develop his leadership style, and learn as much as he can from those around him. Samir is a resident assistant, a presidential student ambassador, and president of United Campus Ministry. We can't wait to see what he'll do next!

 

Samir Khalid Pringle

Q&A with Samir

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT PENN COLLEGE?

I learned about Penn College after talking to my guidance counselor in high school and she recommended I apply.

DURING YOUR FIRST VISIT TO CAMPUS, WHAT MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION?

Something that made an impression during my first visit was how nice everyone on campus was.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PENN COLLEGE TO SOMEONE UNFAMILIAR WITH IT?

Penn College can be tough to adjust to, especially if you come from a big city like Philadelphia like me, but the welcoming community and support from students makes that adjustment much easier.

HOW DID YOU KNOW BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WAS THE CAREER PATH FOR YOU?

Since I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the idea of business. I grew up around people who were involved in business. My aunt took me to her office where she worked plenty of times and allowed me to see what she does as an accountant. My parents both run their own businesses. Seeing how they conduct business and manage everything and stay on top of the day-to-day operations was always cool to me. During my teenage years, I began self-teaching myself about business, finance, and management to get a better understanding of business prior to coming to college. When I decided to come to Penn College, choosing the Business Administration program was obvious.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE PROFESSOR AND WHY?

My favorite professor is Dr. Tammy Rich. I have had her for a couple of classes so far. She has been nothing but amazing. She is also my academic advisor. The amount of support I have received from her academically and personally really made me feel welcome. This has really helped me succeed not only in college, but in my personal life as well.

YOU SERVE AS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT. HOW HAS THIS EXPERIENCE SHAPED YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE?

Being a Resident Assistant has shaped my leadership style in multiple ways. Every resident that you have is different from the next so there is no one right leadership style that works. Everyone needs different things and some require more attention than others. So the way I lead is being personable and being strategic in how I interact with each of my residents.

WHAT DOES SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT MEAN TO YOU?

My scholarship means everything to me. I would not be in college if it were not for the financial support I have received from the Lenfest Foundation. In the beginning, I didn't really understand how to maximize my scholarship besides the financial part. Now I am aware of prior Lenfest students and am able to build connections and relationships with them.

WHAT ARE YOUR POST-GRADUATION PLANS?

My post-graduation plan is ultimately owning my own business. Until then, I want to find a job more focused on the management part of business. I want to learn as much as I can about that organization and how they do business, so I can be better educated and equipped with the skills and strategies needed when it's time to run my own company.

ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE STUDENTS?

The advice I have for future students is for them to be themselves. You should not be afraid to change for the better.

Student Experience

"I'm a believer in finding opportunities to serve. If you can do something, you should do something."

Samir Pringle

Business Administration

In the news
'Rise Up' raises funds, visibility for campus food pantry
In the news

'Rise Up' raises funds, visibility for campus food pantry

As president for United Campus Ministry, Samir collaborated on a "Rise Up" event that collected $118 on behalf of Penn College's food pantry - The Cupboard.

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Summit treats aspiring leaders to sage advice, student acumen

Summit treats aspiring leaders to sage advice, student acumen

Samir participated in a Staff Selection Summit. Sharing his experiences to prospective new student leaders, he emphasized the need for self-care to gird oneself for the pressures of being a responsible student role model.

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Students welcomed with upbeat reminder: 'This is YOUR time!'

Students welcomed with upbeat reminder: 'This is YOUR time!'

Making connections at check in! Connections Link Samir Pringle (left) and Tim Liam Brown meet in Penn’s Inn. Pringle is a second-year business management student from Philadelphia; Brown is a welding & fabrication engineering technology freshman from Collegeville.

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