Cody Zimmerman


Cody Zimmerman is graduating in the spring of 2015. He is a global business leadership major from North Oaks, Minn.

What inspired you to become a global business leadership major?

Whether someone works in the United States after graduation or not, most of the time the company will somehow be affiliated with businesses or markets outside the United States.  I am very interested in sales and I think being able to incorporate a global mindset into my future employer's business adds a huge value to what I would bring.  I believe that this major is fairly rare as of right now and it has the potential to influence other colleges as well as helping companies become more global.

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

I believe that a GBUS major is a once in a life time opportunity and deserves some consideration from any student that is undecided. CSB and SJU offers students a more comprehensive education that provides benefits for a lifetime. A major in GBUS would definitely give you the edge on graduates from other schools. This is a major that can really be used to make a difference in the world!

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I am not completely sure on exactly what I plan to do after graduation. Like I stated earlier, I have a high level of interest in sales but that is a very broad topic. Some thing I do know is that I am going to test a few fields to see where my interests exactly lie and then use the knowledge I have acquired at CSB and SJU to make a difference in the world.

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

I thoroughly enjoy attending a smaller school because during my time here, I was able to get to know my professors and receive some excellent advice. Another highlight of being at CSB and SJU is the friends I have made along the way. I finally understand the Bennie/Johnnie network and I am thankful for all of the connections that I have made so far.

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

The biggest challenge that I have had to overcome in college is time management. In high school, I was in class from early morning to mid-afternoon. Now I have on average, two classes a day. For me, getting into a routine of being able to play some basketball and workout, go to class and studying in the library was helpful when I finally learned how to manage my time.

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

I play intramural basketball and volleyball. I was a member of Enactus and I am the sales manager at T-Spot. I plan to help with the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) club next year.