From Kiski Area High School
to Pitt Business
with Holly Linder
Pitt has the perfect balance.
I attended Kiski Area High School, about 45 minutes from Pitt’s campus. During my college search, I always knew Pitt Business was at the top of my list. Boasting an impressive business school and an amazing community, I applied for the main campus.
As a business major, I valued being so close to Pittsburgh without sacrificing green spaces and the typical college campus feel. As someone who grew up in a rural area but wanted to be within a bus ride of a major city, Oakland was the perfect balance of city life for me.
Hail To Pitt!
My freshman and sophomore years were an absolute whirlwind. As a freshman, I lived in Bruce Hall, the Pitt Business Living and Learning Community, with five other roommates and had an amazing year with my entire floor. I loved living in Bruce, as it made adjusting to life at Pitt and the business school much easier. I could get class help from friends, attend events, and learn alongside great people.
I decided to minor in political science in addition to being a business major, which was one of the best decisions I’ve made at Pitt. These classes were an awesome way to get to know people from outside the business school and get to see what things are like at other schools at Pitt.
As a sophomore, I decided to enroll in the Digital Marketing Institute, a noncredit course that helps you get certified in Google applications and fundamentals of digital marketing. The course is run by Zack Duncan, one of the Executives-In-Residence (EIR) here at Pitt Business. Since the completion of that course, I have worked with Zack in digital marketing in several other instances, including a summer internship. He has been a fantastic academic resource, challenging me to learn more about the digital marketing world anytime I ask for advice and guidance.
Throughout my time at Pitt Business, I have joined different organizations and had some amazing experiences. I joined Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) my freshman year and have had great opportunities because of it. During my time in PBL, I have grown professionally, but also made lifelong friendships. I’ve also been a part of several other organizations at Pitt, including Society for International Business, American Marketing Association, and CHARRG.
Always Look Forward
My senior year at Pitt looks much different than in previous years. I may not be attending football games and formals, but I am still forming friendships and growing professionally.
I have enjoyed every second of my time at Pitt, every friendship, mistake, stressful day, and trip I’ve taken. If I could give anyone who’s about to enter college some advice, it would be to not regret anything. Learn about yourself, your dreams, what you love, and enjoy every second of it. You only have a couple of years here, and before you know it you’ll be packing up your apartment to leave, but just yesterday you feel like you just moved into Bruce Hall.