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Adriana Asdourian is a senior, Economics major and International Business and Italian minor, from Corte Madera, CA. She enjoys all things Italian, cooking, watching old movies, and fencing. After graduation she will either go to grad school or find a job. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Show up. You’d be amazed how much it does for your learning and your grade by just being there.”
Words to Live By: “Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.” - William Saroyan
Words to Live By: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
Kathryn Leahy is a senior, Economics major, from Dana Point, CA. She enjoys swimming, camping, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation she plans to work full-time in corporate finance. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Take interest in the experience and advice of the speakers. it will help you in BUSN 71, but more importantly, it will help you in your own career.”
Words to Live By: ““Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” – Dr. Seuss
Ashlee Knight-Graham is a senior, Management major, from Laytonville, CA. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, cooking, and working with children. After graduation she plans to work for a year or two before returning to school for a Masters Degree (not sure in what field). Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Be open-minded. There are numerous leadership theories out there and most likely, as a Freshman in college, you already have an established idea of what you think it means to be a good leader. The Leadership Challenge offers yet another perspective and includes many ideas and suggestions, as well as short anecdotes, on how to improve your leadership skills. If you stay open-minded and have a desire to increase your knowledge about leadership, this course will prove to be incredibly beneficial for your success during your time her at Santa Clara, as well as life beyond. These concepts are ones that you will encounter time and time again in numerous classes, and also they can be put to use in the many leadership opportunities you will find available to you around campus and elsewhere.”
Words to Live By: “Life isn’t about finding yourself—Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
Words to Live By: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
Words to live by: Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
DJ Wheeler is a senior, Accounting major and Spanish minor, from San Jose, CA. He enjoys participating in community service activities, playing and watching sports, and traveling. After graduation, he will work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose. His suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Absorb everything you can from the speakers. It's a unique opportunity to be able to hear their stories in such a small group.”
Words to Live By: "The end of all education should surely be service to others" - Cesar Chavez
Winston Yu is a junior, Economics major, from Mountain View, CA. He enjoys sleeping, reading, college basketball, and pondering the mysteries of life. After gradation he plans to work with the Peace Corps. His suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Just be yourself, ask questions, absorb the answers and learn something from it.”
Words to Live By: "If you want to build a ship, don't gather people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work; instead, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - unknown
Elizabeth Martin is a senior, Finance major, from Denver, CO. She enjoys sports, dancing, skiing, and watching hockey. After graduation, she plans to return to Colorado and work for a financial consulting firm. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Reflect and apply the leadership knowledge you gain in BUSN 71 to your past experiences. Also think about ways to incorporate the concepts you learn in future leadership positions.”
Benjamin Seidenstein is a junior, Finance and Political Science major, from Stamford, CT. He enjoys football, lacrosse, and sailing. After graduation he plans on working in investment banking in New York City. He is particularly interested in Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Buyouts. He also plans on working towards both a JD and an MBA. His suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Don’t take this course for granted. Everyone who you will hear from has been in your shoes at one time or another and they know what it takes to be a true leader. No one was born successful. Be honest and be open to new ideas and you will be fine.”
Words to Live By: “The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.” – Warren Buffett
Jessica Nakamura is a junior, Accounting/Finance major, from San Mateo, CA. She enjoys outdoor activities. After graduation she plans hopes to land a position at one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Try to get something out of the lectures, even if it’s something small, and be honest about what you learned.”
Words to Live By: “You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count.” – Winnie the Pooh
Words to Live By: Constructive criticism is one of the best forms of advice.
Megan Smith is a senior, Business Management major, from Hollister, CA. She enjoys playing on the SCU Softball Team, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and traveling. After graduation she plans to work for a few years and then return to school for an MBA. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Keep reminding yourself that as pointless and easy as you may assume the material is, you will be able to apply it not only to your school work in the years to come, but also to whatever career path you take in the future. The work you put in now will pay off in the future.”
Words to Live By: "We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams." - Les Brown
Erin Sullivan is a senior, Accounting major, from Chicago, IL. She enjoys playing on the SCU Women’s Golf Team, cooking, and shopping. After graduation she plans to move back to Chicago and start a full-time job with Deloitte in International Tax. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Listen closely to what your classmates may say during discussion, because it is often words of others that can be the most inspiring.
Words to Live By: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” - Gandhi
Jimmy Bennett is a junior, Accounting major and History minor, from Kentfield, CA. He enjoys all sports, exercising, and video games. After graduation he plans to become a CPA and attend law school. His suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “It is important to pay attention to all lectures and readings, as they will not only affect your grade, but more importantly be integral in developing who you become as a leader.”
Words to Live By: If you’re not working hard you’re hardly working.
Nicole Carson is a senior, Psychology major and General Business minor, from Tacoma, WA. She loves to cook and travel, has an extreme weakness for chocolate, and has become slightly obsessed with needle-pointing lately. After graduation she hopes to find a job in the Bay Area and begin work on an MBA. Her suggestion for being successful in BUSN 71 is: “Take it personally! This isn’t just a class that you take and it disappears. If you get involved, you can see how many leadership opportunities are available and how easy they are to obtain.”
Words to Live By: Be thankful for this moment. This moment is your life.