Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB:
Within LSB, I’ve developed an interest in the international aspect of business. The ability to collaborate with people from other nationalities and cultures is growing increasingly important. This interest allows me to take courses outside traditional business courses, such as comparative politics and geography classes. I’ve also developed an interest in the ethics of business, a central topic in the Silicon Valley. LSB offers Conscientious Capitalism, a course designed to inform students of the role purpose, virtue, and accountability play in leadership. I am eager to experience this course in Winter 2021.
SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies:
Outside my role as a Leavey Ambassador, I’m involved in off-campus Greek life and serve on the executive board for our chapter. I also play intramural basketball during winter quarter. Away from campus, I often go with friends for runs or classes at SoulCycle and CorePower Yoga.
What global experiences have you had in college?
I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Barcelona during fall quarter my junior year. I lived with a host family and continue to be in touch with them today. Living with a host family played a key role in opening my eyes to an entirely new culture and lifestyle. I spent half of my weekends traveling to other countries and cities within Spain. I got a taste of Madrid, Valencia, Dublin, London, Paris, and Morocco. Most importantly to me, I was able to visit my family in the mountain valleys of Norway.
What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB?
I worked as an intern on the Worldwide Sales finance team at Apple this past summer. In this role, I focused on three products: Mac, AirPods, and HomePod. On a weekly basis, I managed the HomePod forecast and worked with multiple business partners to align our forecasts, as well as assisted in creating the Keynote slides for weekly reviews with executive leadership. I also had two projects I worked on throughout the summer. One was an extensive project in Excel to take a deep dive on the AirPods BTS promotion performance compared against historical offers. Another was a thorough refresh of the team’s Mac NPI tracker to include launch life and write-off data for increased visibility across more teams. I am eager to join Apple’s Finance Development Program full-time in Fall 2021.
Favorite LSB class. Why?
Two courses come to mind: Business Ethics and Business Communications. My professors were both exceptional at engaging the entire class and mastered the art of pushing me beyond what I thought I had the potential to accomplish. In Business Ethics, Professor Bhargava challenged us to write a final paper worthy of being published in the student opinion section of the WSJ. He is an incredibly motivating leader, so I took this to heart and wrote a paper I am still proud of today. In Business Communications, Professor O’Keefe navigated our first quarter of online learning flawlessly and pushed students to meet with executives for informational interviews, without any prior connections. I ended up meeting with executives for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders that quarter.
What made you choose to attend LSB?
I was on the fence when I applied to SCU; part of me wanted to pursue a career in medicine, which would lead me to apply to the School of Arts & Sciences, while another part of me wanted to pursue business. Ultimately, I thought back to my campus visits and the people I already knew at SCU. Community was highly valued at my high school and I felt the same sense of belonging with the people I met in LSB and the choice became relatively easy.
What advice you wish you had while applying to college?
First, ask questions and learn from your friends or family already in college. I am the youngest of four and cannot express how much I learned from my siblings’ college application process, as well as their college experiences. Their lessons are a huge reason for my success at SCU. Second, visit the colleges or universities you are interested in. The people you surround yourself with and the environment around you can make or break a college experience. The best way to get a sense of the community at a school is to visit the campus and meet with students.