"One of Lehigh’s greatest strengths is the number of student clubs and organizations on campus, and how involved each student is in both academics and extra-curriculars."
Do you have a job if you are a senior, or an internship if you are a junior? If so, where?
"Yes. I recently signed a full-time offer with IBM’s GBS Consulting practice! I’ll be moving to their Chicago office after graduation."
What are your career aspirations?
"I am thrilled to be starting my career in consulting. As my time as a Lehigh undergraduate student comes to a close, I wanted to find another means to continue learning on both a personal and professional level. Consulting offers an excellent opportunity to gain a great deal of experience and exposure to a number of different industries in a short amount of time. I hope to continue working in a consulting role until I’ve gained the knowledge and experience to move into a more strategic management position, perhaps with a large non-profit organization. Lehigh has equipped me to be a leader of my generation, and I hope to work towards a role that will enable me to make the greatest impact."
How well do you think the Lehigh business curriculum prepared you for success in getting a job or internship?
"I found Lehigh’s CBE curriculum to be one of the greatest assets in my education. After gaining exposure to all of the primary functional fields of business through core courses taken early on, I was able to find the majors that most closely matched my interests and skill set. I know I’m not alone when I say it was great to be able to double major in two different fields within the business school, as it’s now more important than ever to wide range of understanding."
Have you found the curriculum to be flexible in allowing you to pursue diverse interests in addition to your business interests?
"I am glad to have had the opportunity to major in both Marketing and Supply Chain management in the CBE, as I now feel well equipped to approach a variety of business challenges. I also really appreciated the emphasis that Lehigh’s CBE placed on ensuring students had a well-rounded, diversified range of experience. A large number of my credit requirements had to come from outside of the Business school, and I was grateful to have the time to take other, more unique courses like Political Thought, American Military History, and others. The flexibility of the curriculum allowed me to minor in Philosophy, which gave me an outlet to think about and discuss problems in a completely different way. "
What experiences outside of your business study, do you credit for some of your success?
" It is so important to complement your undergraduate education with unique and challenging real-world experiences, and Lehigh has provided so many opportunities for me to take advantage of. For example, I interned with my Supply Chain Professor, Robert Trent, during the Fall semester of 2015. Together, we worked to help a real client expand their energy drink business in South Africa. Then, during the summer of 2016, I traveled to Shanghai, China to learn the language and culture and intern with a private Chinese company. This was all made possible through the CBE’s Tauck Scholarship.
The lessons I learned from these experiences had a huge impact on both my education and my career path. When my job search began in the Fall of 2016, I felt more than equipped to find a company that matched my interests, passion, and drive. Furthermore, my experiences at Lehigh gave me a unique skill set that helped me to stand out as a job applicant and an individual."
Have you found someone within the CBE to be particularly helpful as you make important decisions?
"Career services has been invaluable during my time as an undergraduate here at Lehigh. Starting on my first day on campus, Professors began urging me to take advantage of the countless resources provided to students. Whether it was a resume workshop, a mock interview, or a visiting alumni panel of industry professionals, the career center has been great at offering opportunities to learn and improve those skills that are essential to succeed."
Do you see yourself as part of a community that’s is instrumental to success now and beyond Lehigh?
"Lehigh’s size is perfect in that it is large enough that you will never know everyone, but small enough to where you will always see a familiar face. The relationships I have made with friends, classmates, and professors have already opened so many doors, and it has been so rewarding to see just how close Lehigh ties us all together. Indeed, my recruitment process with IBM was driven largely by alumni I had met at info sessions, campus career fairs, and networking events. They were so eager to come back to campus to connect with current students and give back to the school that gave them so much, and I look forward to doing the same in the coming years."
Are you proud to say that you are from Lehigh? If so, “why?”
"I am so proud to say that I am from Lehigh, especially considering I’m a third-generation legacy student, with my grandfather, mother, and older sister calling Lehigh home before I came here. I have seen firsthand how the University shaped their lives, and as a graduating senior, I too recognize how much of an impact my time at Lehigh has left on me. This University has offered me so many incredible opportunities and resources. Whether I was singing in Carnegie Hall with the Choir, or working in Shanghai, China for two months because of the CBE’s Tauck scholarship, much of the last four years of my life have been driven and enabled by Lehigh. For that, I will always be grateful."
What are some of your activities outside of the CBE, and how have they better impacted your college career?
"One of Lehigh’s greatest strengths is the number of student clubs and organizations on campus, and how involved each student is in both academics and extra-curriculars. I am a member of the University Choir, I sing with the Lehigh Melismatics A Cappella group, I help coordinate the Lehigh Tour Guides, and I was fortunate enough to be an Orientation Leader during the fall of 2016. Leadership positions in each of these student groups allowed me to meet and grow with students from many different walks of life at Lehigh. These groups are comprised of some of my best friends, and it has been great to maintain a balance between my passions and my studies at Lehigh. I have grown in so many ways, both inside and outside the classroom, and I am grateful to have had so many rewarding experiences with the organizations I am a part of here on campus."