"I can definitely see myself connecting with my friends, mentors, and faculty in the future."
What are your career aspirations?
"When I graduate, I'd love to be a software engineer at a large tech company like Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Google. My goal is to work my way up so I can become a technical project lead which involves managing the success of a project."
How well do you think the Lehigh business curriculum prepared you for success in getting a job or internship?
"The soft skills I learned in the business school were invaluable in getting the internships I've had (two at Twitter, one at ASTM International as Credit Card & Collections Analyst)."
Have you found the curriculum to be flexible in allowing you to pursue diverse interests in addition to your business interests?
"Being in CSB, we have a large credit requirement so it is definitely hard to take many classes outside of the designated curriculum, but I know students solely in the CBE don't have an issue with this. I've definitely been able to explore my interests though, like taking a data analytics and entrepreneurship course, which taught me how to launch my own app at Lehigh (shout-out to Professor Ehrig)."
What experiences outside of your business study, do you credit for some of your success?
"Being in CSB, we get a wide range of courses to be able to take both in the engineering school and business school. I took Software Ventures (ENTP 304, offered in the CBE), but applied the computer science skills I learned in the engineering school to develop the application that would have just been a small prototype. With that app, at the end of the semester, my team and I submitted it to LUApps and won first place. My team and I won a Google Home for each of us and can put the win on our résumé to talk about in interviews, and the experience was incredibly enriching along the way."
Have you found someone within the College of Business and Economics (CBE) to be particularly helpful as you make important decisions?
"Everyone I meet in the CBE is super helpful. The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) people include Karen Kuczynski and Nick Praedin. Others I have met along the way which seem to care so much about the success of students include Jamie Pugh, Keith Gustafson, Professor Hall, Professor Savino, Professor Ehrig, Professor Manzo, Emily Ford, and more. If I include a story for each one of these people, we'd be reading this for days but I can say every one of them has been super helpful whether it's regarding business ventures, resume screening, networking/connections, exposure to events, and teaching valuable lessons. I cannot thank you all enough!"
Do you see yourself as part of a community that is instrumental to success now and beyond Lehigh?
"Yes, I can definitely see myself connecting with my friends, mentors, and faculty in the future."
Are you proud to say that you are from Lehigh? If so, “why?”
"I'm proud to say I'm from Lehigh because I can honestly say I don't know what I would have done if I didn't go to Lehigh. Lehigh was a reach school for me, but they let me in and provided me with the tools I needed to make the most of my experience. I cannot thank Lehigh enough."
What are some of your activities outside of the CBE, and how have they better impacted your college career?
"My biggest commitment outside of the CBE is being President of the Computer Science & Business Student Association (CSBA). Being President, I have learned so much about being a leader people can count on to make sure the things they want done actually get done. I committed myself to making the experience of the CSB students the best it can be when I took the role and I've done everything I can to make that commitment a reality."