Results of the 2022 promotion: Rima Boulos enters the history of HPU



Advance, North Carolina


Master in Business Administration

HPU graduates go on to prestigious career paths around the world in Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate programs and many other esteemed organizations through their journey at HPU. Here’s a look at an extraordinary graduate from the Class of 2022:

Last name: Rima Boulos

Hometown: Advance, North Carolina

Major: Master in Business Administration

Post-graduation projects: Boulos will attend Liberty University to pursue his doctorate. in organization and management with a concentration in leadership.

How HPU helped you get there: “A major personal goal that HPU has helped me achieve is to complete my MBA at age 20. I received an official certificate from HPU indicating that I am the youngest graduate student to complete a master’s degree program. Having such a profound experience with my entire graduate degree at HPU has encouraged me to pursue greater efforts to begin my PhD in a field I am passionate about: leadership.

Most Impactful Mentor at HPU: “Dr. Rhonda Butler was my most influential mentor. She was a concrete example of what I want to be in the future and helped me see that there is nothing I can’t do if I “Think about it. Dr. Butler is a natural leader and helped me see what it’s like to go after opportunities. She encouraged me to pursue my goals and work hard for them. HPU President, Dr. Nido Qubein, was also an inspiration to me. Sharing the same ethnicity, I could relate right away. Watching him lead the transformation on campus and his accomplishments as a professional was motivating. His charisma, leadership and communication style inspired me to learn how to be a better leader.

Most memorable moment at HPU: “My most defining moment was when I received official certification that I was the youngest student in recorded history to earn a graduate degree at HPU. It was overwhelming because I had listened to my mentors and leaders, and my hard work paid off. It was a big deal! My greatest moment was when I walked through this stage on May 7, 2022. As I shook hands with President Qubein , I remembered my youth when I was told I had 24 hours to live I was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer and contracted meningitis, which caused me a stroke on the right side. As I was in a coma, the doctors announced to my parents that they had to organize my funeral. After being on life support, I was overwhelmed with the emotions of grace and mercy that given to me for a second chance in life. It reminded me the years of therapy and struggle that were overcome and how worthwhile it was to take this step, to make history at HPU as the youngest graduate student. I am so grateful for my time at HPU and the impact it had on my life.

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “One thing that caught my attention at HPU is that people want you to succeed. The campus is constantly hosting guest speakers and experts in residence, through Access to Innovators, opening doors of opportunity for students to grasp and learn. It’s certainly no coincidence. There’s a reason other schools don’t have a 98% post-graduation placement rate. When students know they have a support system, they are more willing to step out of their comfort zone, build confidence and commit to succeed.

What life skills did HPU help you develop that set you up for long-term success? “Opportunity recognition is a life skill that HPU has helped me develop. Being able to watch and speak with successful leaders and speakers in such close proximity has shown me that opportunity is everywhere – but it is available only to those who take it in. When we use the opportunities that are given to us, we not only grow, but we make the world a better place by inspiring others to do the same.

What are the values ​​and virtues that the HPU campus has helped you develop and that you will take with you after graduation? “Being at HPU for such a short time, I have come to value my time on campus and in the classroom much more than at previous institutions. It made me appreciate the privilege of being there and being part of its history. HPU also sparked my appreciation for great leaders and the mountains they climbed to get to where they are today. From statues of historical icons to teachers and President Nido Qubein himself, they have all overcame battles and capitalized on the opportunities presented to them.

Hints for subclasses: “Take the initiative to find opportunities and use them to help you become a more balanced person.”

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