to Pitt Business
with Logan Yovetich
Pitt Is It!
Before attending the University of Pittsburgh, I spent my childhood twenty minutes northwest of Oakland in the North Hills area. I attended a small high school, Avonworth, where I was highly involved as the President of Key Club, Vice President of Latin Club, and varsity member of the swim team. My Latin teacher and Key Club Advisor, Melissa Reagle, played a huge role in creating the student and woman I am today. Mrs. Reagle mentored me both academically and personally and ultimately, influenced me to commit to Pitt. She also attended the University of Pittsburgh and always encouraged me to get involved on campus and pursue my goals as an aspiring business major.
I was extremely impressed with all that Pitt Business had to offer. The school’s diverse range of international programs, networking opportunities with some of the nation’s most sought after companies, and overall dedication to placing students in internships and full-time positions sparked my attention immediately and made my decision clear.
As a freshman, I lived in Holland Hall. Although I initially considered living in Bruce Hall to surround myself with fellow business majors, I ended up deciding on Holland to make friends and establish connections outside of the business school.
Academically, I was extremely excited to begin courses in the business school that focused on my interests in marketing and statistics. In fact, my favorite class freshman year was Statistics and Probability for Business Management. I thoroughly enjoyed the real-world application through Statistics and Probability for Business Management and the quantitative problem solving it required. After taking the class and receiving an A+, I made the decision to take on the Business Analytics certificate to accompany my Marketing major. I went on to take more analytics courses toward my certificate and even though these courses were among the hardest I’ve taken in Pitt Business, they have been the most useful by far.
The technical skills I gained in R Studio and SQL give me a competitive edge over other marketing students without coding experience. Learning coding and database languages without prior knowledge was one of the biggest challenges I faced as a sophomore, but I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish it without the support of my academic advisor, Vicki Vernet-Lazor. I am extremely grateful for Vicki’s mentorship and owe much of my success to her advice the past three years.
When I first started at Pitt Business, I was extremely interested in getting involved outside of the classroom to meet fellow students and further develop my business acumen. As a freshman, I joined Women in Business, Pitt’s OCC, Pitt Business’s OCC, and PGN Professional Development Organization (formally known as Phi Gamma Nu). Though I was heavily involved in each of these organizations, I became most dedicated to PGN. PGN is a professional development organization made up of driven individuals from ALL majors and backgrounds who are interested in developing the skills required for success in today’s workplace. Students in PGN learn how to run an organization, manage people and projects, and find the best internships and right careers. Over my four years in PGN, I have served as our chapter’s Outreach Liaison with the national team, represented the University of Pittsburgh at the 2018 PGN Leadership Conference, established a chapter mentorship program implemented at the national level, and managed all chapter marketing and social media assets as the Director of Marketing.