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Amy Bonilla Torres

  • InVEST Graduate
  • Blackadar Insurance Agency
  • Longwood, Florida
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William R. Boone High School, FL

How did InVEST help prepare you for college and your career?

InVEST taught me the importance of being an informed decision maker and a contributing member of my community. The program also taught me of the importance of building business relationships and being willing to take risks.

The InVEST team at my school supported my aspirations and they were like family helping me emotionally, professionally and financially – particularly with applying for a scholarship – as I began my journey to college.

To top it off, I had a wonderful mentor, Lorrie Partridge, who supported me in every way and became a great friend, helping me surpass my limits. InVEST also allowed me to narrow my career choices as I entered college, and I even took the opportunity to study abroad in France. 

Do you think you'll choose a career in insurance because of InVEST?  If so please explain your decision.

Insurance is definitely a possible career choice. InVEST showed me how I could help others. The possibility of being able to work in the financial sector while helping protect my community definitely appeals to me. The program was a wonderful experience. I want to make a difference in other people's lives and an insurance career will afford me that opportunity.

What’s the most surprising thing you learned about insurance in your InVEST class?

The most surprising thing I learned in class was the differences in limits on a policy and how much the age of a driver and driver's history affects the premium. I was also surprised at how crucial it is to have insurance when you lease a vehicle and loved learning about all the discounts! I definitely have an advantage now that I'm leasing a car.