"Through Lehigh, my day-to-day interactions with students, faculty, and staff have shaped the person I have become. Lehigh is a part of who I am and I will always be proud to say that I am from Lehigh."
What are your career aspirations?
"At the moment, I am not quite sure what I would like to do in the future. I love the idea of being a social entrepreneur. I know that I want a career that gives me purpose and allows me to touch others positively. I would also love to work abroad at some point in my career. Stay tuned!"
Have you found the curriculum to be flexible in allowing you to pursue diverse interests in addition to your business interests?
"I have found the CBE curriculum extremely flexible! In addition to my double major, I was able to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain this past summer. During my time abroad, I took a class called “Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility”. In the class, we learned about how businesses can be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. It was eye opening to see how businesses around the world are making a difference in their communities. It inspired me to take International Business with Professor Charlie Stevens this spring. Through these classes, I found that my passion lies in international studies and I am now pursuing a minor in Global Studies and the International Business Certificate. These experiences outside of my business interests will differentiate me from my peers and demonstrate my interest in future opportunities to travel.
Specifically, what I love most about the CBE curriculum is that it allows you to grow as a business professional and as an individual. College is about self-exploration and finding out about what you like and don’t like! The CBE truly allows you to discover all of your passions."
Have you found someone within the CBE to be particularly helpful as you make important decisions?
"Jamie Pugh, Associate Director of the CBE Undergraduate Programs, has been an incredible mentor to me. As advisor to Women in Business (WiB), Jamie has gone above and beyond her duties of her job and as an advisor. Whether it is planning for the Women in Business conference or helping with my resume writing, Jamie is always ready to help whenever is needed. To me, Jamie is more than just an advisor. She is a mentor and a friend. She is encouraging and supportive in all my endeavors. Jamie empowers me to be a better leader and I am eternally grateful for her guidance throughout my time at Lehigh. "
Do you see yourself as part of a community that’s is instrumental to success now and beyond Lehigh?
"The relationships that I have formed with friends, alumni, faculty, and staff at Lehigh will last a lifetime. Specifically, the alumni network distinguishes Lehigh from other schools. Connecting with Lehigh alum is as simple as sending an email or reaching out through LinkedIn. It is extraordinary to have such a strong, unique group of individuals all interconnected by one common passion: Lehigh University.
I hope to give back to Lehigh, one day. Lehigh has so much to offer. I feel blessed to be here and to have had the opportunities that I have had. If I can give future Lehigh students that same feeling, then I will have done my duty as a Lehigh alum."
Are you proud to say that you are from Lehigh? If so, “why?”
"Yes! I am so proud to say that I am from Lehigh! Lehigh has given me so much more than I could have ever imagined. Through Lehigh, I was one of the very few selected to spend my spring break in with Deloitte and Teach for America volunteering in Atlanta Public Schools. I had the opportunity to mentor students facing educational inequality, while interacting with professionals from incredible organizations. Through Lehigh, I was able to attend Leadershape - a six-day program to learn how to “lead with integrity”. I developed my vision as leader to create a just, caring, thriving world. Through Lehigh, I made the best friends through my work as a TRAC Fellow and involvement in Women in Business and the Indian Student Association. Through Lehigh, my day-to-day interactions with students, faculty and staff have shaped the person I have become. Lehigh is a part of who I am and I will always be proud to say that I am from Lehigh."
What are some of your activities outside of the CBE, and how have they better impacted your college career?
"Outside of the CBE, I am involved in Writing Across the Curriculum. Writing Across the Curriculum is peer-tutoring program designed to allow TRAC Fellows to collaborate with students across various disciplines on the writing process with the goal of developing better writers. As a Technology, Research, and Communication (TRAC) Fellow, I tutor students cumulatively on the writing process through one-on-one conferences for writing assignments and group projects in various courses. Through my work as fellow, I feel that I am directly contributing to the Lehigh community and I feel a great sense of fulfillment when I see my students succeed. Next semester, I will be a Mentor Fellow, which means I will teach the TRAC 100 class – a 4 credit seminar for the incoming new fellows. It is still surreal to me that, as an undergrad, I will have the opportunity to impact a group of students.
Additionally, I am involved in the Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) as an Orientation Leader and a member of the Indian Students Association."
What has been one of the most meaningful experiences you have had while enrolled at Lehigh University?
"One of my most meaningful experiences that I have had while enrolled at Lehigh has been being president of Women in Business. As president of Women in Business (WIB), I strive to promote the professional and personal growth of over 300 members by coordinating activities and workshops that support business skills and provide opportunities for personal advancement. To say the least, I have gained invaluable leadership skills. By managing an executive board, I have learned how to delegate tasks efficiently and convey messages clearly. In addition, my public speaking and communication skills have improved dramatically, as I have repeatedly refined these skills by speaking at multiple WIB events.
Most importantly, my role as president includes the planning of the annual Women in Business Conference. I pride myself on the fact that the conference is the largest student-run event on campus. However, with this pride, comes great responsibility to execute a successful event. Throughout the past few months, I have been reaching out to potential speakers and panelists. It is still somewhat surreal to me that I am engaging with accomplished Lehigh alums - CEOs, CFOs, presidents, and vice presidents of various companies. I am truly touched by the fact that these alums are so willing to take the time out of their hectic schedules to engage with me, take part in the WIB conference, and give back to their alma mater. Not only are the speakers participating free of charge, but they are genuinely looking forward to interacting with students, faculty, and fellow alums. Their generosity and kindness towards me and WIB has been one of my most meaningful experiences at Lehigh and it has further enhanced my aspiration to do the same as a future alum."