From Easton Area High School
to Pitt Business
with Shelby Stocker ’21
The Importance of Mentors, Even in High School.
I attended Easton Area High School in Easton, PA. My graduating class was around 650 students, with the entire school totaling over 2,000. Coming from such a large high school, I knew I wanted a similar college experience!
I played basketball from third grade until graduating high school. My assistant coach, Shelly Bartolacci was definitely a major mentor in high school and beyond. “Coach B” was not only a basketball coach but a life coach. She was there for me on and off the court. After enduring an ACL tear and talking with Coach B, I decided I was no longer going to play a sport in college and wanted to venture off to a new city!
When choosing Pitt, what truly stood out to me was the atmosphere on campus. Pitt really gave me the perfect blend of everything I wanted: A top-notch academic institution and a socially exciting campus with division 1 sports. Being in a city like Pittsburgh, CBA students have a plethora of opportunities for internships, jobs and research. As soon as I saw Pitt’s campus, I felt at home. I’m so grateful I decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh!
Pitt really gave me the perfect blend of everything I wanted.
Pitt Business prepared me.
After sophomore year, I interned at a non-profit in Bethlehem, PA. The company was Via of the Lehigh Valley, which raises funds to serve individuals and adults with disabilities. I was a Marketing and Special Events Intern and helped plan the 2019 St. Luke’s Via Marathon.
This upcoming summer, I am interning in Branchburg, NJ at Roche Molecular Systems, as the Global Operations Communication Intern. Eventually, I would like to find a career in the pharmaceutical/medical device industry and interning with Roche is a great place to start.
Knowing how to communicate effectively is so imperative to young business professionals, like myself, and I definitely have Pitt to thank for preparing me!