From Perkiomen Valley High School
to Pitt Business
with Arianna Choing ’20
The Importance of Mentors, Even in High School.
One of my fondest high school memories is learning from my mentor and lacrosse coach, Kathy Kelly.
Coach Kelly really emphasized development as a person and as an athlete. I leaned on her when choosing the right college for me. Coach Kelly and I went through tons of my questions. What kind of things should I be looking for in a school? What are the job placement rates? What if I didn’t get my top choice? What would my options be?
My parents, Tina Choing (left) and Hong Choing (right) moving me into Pitt during Orientation Week my freshman year. I was so nervous and excited at the same time!
My mom, Tina Choing, walking me down the field at my high school lacrosse senior night. A night I will always treasure.
During my senior year of high school, the varsity girls lacrosse team went to Florida to compete in a tournament. This was an amazing opportunity to bond with the other girls on the team.
Welcome to Pitt!
Firstly, I LOVED living in the dorms! The community experience was one of the best things about my first year at Pitt Business. Even if you don’t choose the Pitt Business Living Learning Community, make sure you take advantage of the close knit bonds you’ll make in that first year.
I decided to do a double degree in both Marketing and Psychology at Pitt. One of the great advantages of going to Pitt is all of the opportunities to mix and match your degrees to exactly the combination you want! And the best part is you can figure out how to make it all work in your schedule and graduate on time with the help of your academic advisor. Pitt Business is ranked #1 in the entire country in academic advising.
One of the parts of the student experience that Pitt Business emphasizes is getting involved outside of the classroom. Especially with student organizations. The two student organizations that really caught my attention were the Pitt Program Council and Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. The Pitt Program Council is an on-campus student organization responsible for putting on all of the undergraduate events like Bigelow Bash and Fall Fest. They do a lot in terms of offering undergraduate students opportunities to get involved on campus. I was on the advertising and special events committee. It was a great opportunity to make new friends and professional connections. As my journey went along, I got more and more involved in Delta Sigma Pi, which I had joined my freshman year, eventually taking a leadership position in the fraternity.
My favorite class at Pitt Business was Consumer Behavior with Eugenia Wu. I really loved how her class was structured. It was more focused on real-world practical applications, like doing case studies, and less about lectures or reading textbooks. This course also perfectly connected my two majors – Marketing and Psychology – essentially into one.
Joining my business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, gave me the opportunity to meet some of my closest friends, expand my professional network, and prepare me for real-life after college.
Being a PDC
Currently, I’m working as a Professional Development Consultant (PDC) in the Pitt Business Career Development office. This position is a peer advisor where we help students with their resumes and cover letters, provide mentorship, and help coordinate undergraduate career development events. You have the opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives as a PDC.
My Future is at Intel
During my senior year, Intel offered me a full-time position in California. Starting in August 2020, I’ll move to California and work in Intel’s Sales and Marketing Rotational Program. This is a two-year rotational program that consists of three, eight-month rotations in the Sales and Marketing Department at Intel. I don’t know what the rotations are, but I’m excited to find out – and get to work!