The College track
Launched in October 2022, New U NEXT is a free 4-week program that equips college students with the knowledge, skills, and resources to access exciting opportunities within Tulsa’s growing ecosystem
Articulate your vision and set real goals
and explore personal values
Build healthy habits and a growth mindset
Reflect and refine next steps to become the best version of yourself
From managing award-winning restaurants to traveling the world as a freelancer, Maria Kim’s diverse experiences has led her to Tulsa, OK, where she found a deep-rooted passion for nurturing meaningful relationships in the startup ecosystem. Currently, she is one of New U NEXT’s Facilitators and also works for ACT House where she’s on a mission to help founders build better teams.
Maria was born and raised on the east coast as her South Korean family was adjusting to American suburbia. Following her love for writing, she studied journalism in college, but fell in love with the restaurant and bar industry as she was working full time as a student. Maria switched her career trajectory and focused on learning mixology and hospitality, and went on to work in award-winning restaurants and bars. But in 2019, in the aftermath of overworked burnout, she decided to pursue her dream of traveling the world. So she quit her former dream job, and pursued remote work so she could travel and live more autonomously. Diving back into her writing roots, she found success as a copywriter and went on to live abroad, from Colombia and Peru to South Korea and Turkey.
The pandemic introduced new hurdles (as it did for everyone), so she found herself in Tulsa, OK, and was very surprised to see a rare but unexpected opportunity to learn, grow, and build. Maria joined New U’s inaugural cohort and was immediately drawn towards the holistic approach for personal and professional development that showed immense value for her and her cohort members. Since then, she has been an active ambassador for the program and is one of New U NEXT’s Facilitators. Maria also works for ACT House where she’s on a mission to help founders build better teams.