Amanda Urbanski

5/8/2014

Amanda Urbanski is graduating in the spring of 2015. She is a global business leadership major from Papillion, Nebraska.

What inspired you to become a global business leadership major?

Coming into college, I didn't have any idea of what I wanted to study. During my first semester I took everything from chemistry to accounting, but nothing really felt right. Since I grew up with three generations of small business owners, business was always something that interested me. As I went through the sophomore experience of the global business major, I was able to build relationships with both faculty and students that inspired my major in global business leadership.

What advice do you have for students considering a major in global business leadership?

Since I love the department so much, I may be a little biased. I have been able to form close relationships with multiple professors and I couldn't imagine not being able to walk into any of their offices on a moment's notice just to chat. If you are willing to pursue this major, you have to be prepared for the amount of group work. In most courses, nearly 50percent of your grade is group participation and projects.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

By the time I graduate, I will have went on four school-sponsored programs abroad. I love experiencing other cultures and I imagine myself working for a company or an industry that has a huge global component. This summer, I received a position as a marketing intern in Shanghai, China. Hopefully this experience will prepare me for the next step in my life and help me narrow down my career opportunities.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?

I am part of the Entrepreneur Scholars program through the McNeely Center on campus. It is a hand-selected cohort in which you take entrepreneur classes with the hopes of starting a business venture by the time you graduate. The program has opened up so many opportunities for me and has introduced me to some very inspiring alums. I am so motivated by my cohort. I love showing up to class and being surrounded by people as passionate as I am about startup businesses.

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?

For me, my most challenging experience has also been the most rewarding opportunity. As I was applying to study abroad, I decided to choose the program that I thought was going to push me out of my comfort zone the most. So, I decided to study abroad in China for a semester. Prior to my departure, I had taken no Chinese and knew no one participating on the program. My trip is not really comparable to many other abroad programs because there was not what we called "rainbows and butterflies." Every day brought new challenges and our group only grew closer because of this. My time abroad really made me realize what I want out of life. Since I have been back, I believe that my experience in Shanghai has made me more engaged and confident in the classroom.

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?

I have been involved in Enactus since my sophomore year. Through Enactus, I led the legacy project at the Dream Center, a half-way house for men reentering society from prison, as well as Anne Maries, a shelter for women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse.