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More Than What's On Paper: Engineering His Dream Job

NAF Future Ready Lab Intern TeShon Gardner discusses his experience being a part of the first-ever NAF Future Ready Lab in the St. Louis area, powered by Mastercard, KPMG and World Wide Technology.

Posted by Forbeson August 9, 2018:

Do what you want, however you want, as long as it makes you happy.That’s the idea behind Boho U.S., a clothing line started by TeShon Gardner, a rising junior at Jennings High School Academy of Engineering.

TeShon was always creative growing up, whether he was drawing or painting. Boho U.S., short for Bohemian, was born out of a desire to expand the possibilities of fashion without restrictions. Oftentimes, the term, ‘Bohemian’ comes with negative connotations of living an unconventional lifestyle. “I wanted to turn this into a positive and make Boho U.S. about living how you see fit. Peace, love, and prosperity is the company motto,” said TeShon.

At Jennings, TeShon is a member of a group called Men on Business. Through his group leader, he got connected to MANRRS,  an organization, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, which aims to promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. The group began a local junior MANRRS chapter at the school. Through MANRRS, TeShon hopes to be able to make valuable connections by attending conferences and networking with like-minded professionals.

When asked about how his NAF education plays into his career ambitions, he explained that engineering plays a big role, especially material engineering. TeShon is interested in studying fashion design at either Howard University in Washington, DC or Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA.

This summer, TeShon had the opportunity to be a part of the first-ever NAF Future Ready Lab in the St. Louis area, powered by Mastercard, KPMG, and World Wide Technology. It was his first job. He and his fellow interns had a month to create a campaign to promote cyber safety.

“I learned that everyone has their own thoughts and ideas, so you have to meet on common ground on everything or the task won't be completed. I learned to be versatile as well. Being able to be in a leadership position or a behind the scenes position,” said TeShon.

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