What inspired you to become a global business leadership major?
Ever since I was young I have had an interest in business. Before I was old enough to get a part time job I decided that I was going to start my own lawn mowing business. By the time I was 14 I had saved enough money to pay for my own supplies and buy my own riding tractor lawn mower. I have always had a passion for business. Saint Ben's/Saint John's has offered me so many great opportunities to grow and learn more about what I am passionate about. Through Entrepreneurial Scholars, studying abroad and taking a summer internship in China I have been able to grow from mowing lawns in Chanhassen Minnesota to living and working in China as a business development intern for a travel agency.
What advice do you have for students considering a major in global business leadership?
CSB/SJU have a lot to offer, you just have to take advantage of those opportunities. I think that business majors should join ENACTUS (a business club for students). If you are interested in starting a small business or developing your entrepreneurial skills as a business major apply for Entrepreneurial Scholars. But most of all go outside of your comfort zone. Use the amazing resources that our school has to study abroad in a country where you don't know the language. Participate in school activities, travel, learn a new language and make the best of your four years here.
How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?
Because of the nature of my liberal arts education I have been exposed to many different fields and disciplines that I will be able to work in. But for myself I see my future career right out of school working somewhere in China or working for or starting a small business in Minnesota that has a global presence. China has given me so many experiences and I think it has more to offer.
What has been the highlight of your time at CSB and SJU?
Studying abroad in China was the highlight of my time at CSB/SJU, as well as being involved and getting to know my fellow classmates, and traveling. Also, I should mention that because my mom will read this eventually, I should say that "Mom Prom" this year was a great time too.
What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome?
I have had a couple speed bumps this year — the recession negatively affected my family for a long time.
Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?
- I am in the 10 cohort of Entrepreneurial Scholars
- I am a board member and the treasurer of ENACTUS
- I work in IT Services for my on campus job