NEXT Fellows Adds New Intern to Inaugural Summer Program

By June 27, 2019 February 18th, 2020 No Comments

In May this year, NEXT Kicked off their Summer Internship Program.

You heard from Collin Edwards previously and this month, we are happy to welcome Andrej Suttles. A Furman Grad and entrepreneur at heart with a passion for helping others.
We asked him to write a little about himself and answer a few questions. Hope you enjoy learning about this engaging young man as we did!

Andrej Suttles, NEXT Fellow

My name is Andrej Suttles, that’s right, with a silent “j”, & I’m a recent Furman Graduate where I studied Computer Science and Science Education while also setting the career receiving yard record for the Paladins on the football field. 🏈
I’m a huge family person & love to help the next person out as long as they’re willing to help themselves! I currently have 2 kids, my English bulldogs, Debo & Shayla! 🐶

I enjoy capturing memories in motion through my media company, Suttlesolution Media LLC.
To make a long story short, we help small businesses & entrepreneurs connect to their target audiences & help them tell their stories through various visuals!

In addition to media, I have a podcast I enjoy doing, No Rain No Rainbows 🌈, that focuses on self development & going through the rain to get the sunshine! Everybody wants the pleasure, but they don’t want the rain, but you can’t get the sunshine, without a little rain!

Finally, I enjoy serving on the Board Of Directors for STRIDES tutoring, a faith based nonprofit that helps kids maintain their reading and math levels!

For this final quarter, My goal will be to launch a nonprofit here in the upstate, T.H.E.M(The healthy empowerment movement), that will strive to build children’s confidence & their ability to handle criticism while also combating childhood bullying & obesity.  We plan to do this through a Bootcamp that the kids will attend and participate in which will yield them a certificate of completion upon finishing the Bootcamp!

A little Q & A!

  • What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
    Tom & Jerry FOR SURE!
  • Can you play any instruments?
    Instruments make music, & I can whistle, so kinda 😉
  • What’s the strangest talent you have?
    I have this weird talent to where I can monetize any idea that comes to mind.
  • Do you have any strange phobias?
    I don’t like feet. – Podophobia
  • What are three things still left on your bucket list?
    Go Skydiving, Hop on a moving train & ride it somewhere, See the Northern lights
  • How many different states have you lived in?
    3! (GA, FL, SC)
  • If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    Nipsey Hussle – Face The World
  • What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?
    Machete w/ Fire starter, Flare Gun, Large Filter Water Bottle
  • What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
    ” Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Come visit Andrej and the rest of the NEXT team at any of our three facilities this summer!

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