From Annapolis, Maryland to Pitt Business.
I attended Severna Park High School in the Greater Annapolis, Maryland area. In High School, I enrolled in a 4-year engineering pathway called “Project: Lead the Way”. Steve Cahoon taught the capstone course, where students worked on a single project from August to April. During that time, he helped me evaluate what I wanted in my education and in my career. His guidance ultimately helped me decide to move away from engineering and into business. I considered schools like Virginia Tech and NC State, however, I found Pitt to be particularly intriguing because of opportunities within the business school and the small city feel of Pittsburgh.
To Pitt Business
I transferred into Pitt Business at the beginning of my sophomore year. Managing Complex Environments was the first business class I took. I liked how it laid out many core concepts that would be emphasized in later coursework.
The Intro to Business course for transfer students was very beneficial because it helped me improve my resume and my interviewing skills before attending the annual Pitt Business Career Conference and other networking events.
Having Great Mentors
My advisor, Mike Kijowski, and Executive in Residence, Meade Johnson, have been great mentors over the years. They have been incredibly supportive of my professional and academic endeavors, but most importantly, they have been particularly good at asking hard questions that helped me grow. They did not sit back and tell me what I wanted to hear; they told me what I needed to hear and I am very appreciative of that. Mike worked skillfully in our academic advising sessions to make sure that I completed two majors and a certificate within four years. Hats off to him for helping me get the most out of my time at Pitt!
Student Org Success
I was a part of Pitt’s college radio station, WPTS, and was a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter on campus.
WPTS collided with my passion for music, and it was a great way to blow off steam between classes! I would review music, assist with promotion, and even hop on and host a radio show from time to time.
AMA meetings in the evenings kept me up to date with industry trends and professional opportunities in Pittsburgh. We would discuss techniques, digital tools, job hunting, and various professionals would come in and speak to us about their experiences.
Student organizations served as a great way to help meet likeminded people outside of the dorm and other social settings! Joining these organizations was a fun way to learn more about my major and begin building my professional network.
Starting my career
I accepted a full-time position with Highmark as an Emerging Leader Program (ELP) Associate. Starting in June, I will be rotating every six months to different parts of company, taking on various business analyst and project management roles along the way. I plan to stay connected to Pitt through the Panther Forward program. I am very excited to start the next chapter of my life in Pittsburgh!