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Sowmya Renukuntla
Sowmya Renukuntla
Marketing Major
Cupertino, California

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB:  I’m interested in studying Marketing and Business Analytics at the business school, as well as taking on leadership roles in business-related organizations and clubs on campus. 

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies: Besides being a Leavey Ambassador, I am a digital marketing intern for the University’s Admission office, the Vice President of the Undergraduate Marketing Club, as well as interning for various student-led startups on campus. In general, I love photography, cooking, and art. 

What global experiences have you had in college? Although I haven’t had any yet, I’ve looked forward to studying abroad since my senior year of high school. I’ve always been interested in looking at business from an international lens and will hopefully be able to study abroad my junior year (Spain maybe?).

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB?  I was selected to be a TA/Grader for my Business 70 Professor as of next year, and was able to meet many upperclassmen through the business school that have offered me internship positions at their startups including a web3 company for Gen Z and an anonymous community app.

Favorite LSB Class and Why? My favorite LSB class so far has definitely been Business 70, Contemporary Business Ideas, because it exposed me to so many fields of business that I never considered exploring before. The Mikes Bikes unit was a great introduction to running a business and taught me about learning from mistakes and working with a diverse team.

What made you choose to attend LSB?  The two main reasons for why I chose LSB include the small class sizes and the ability to dive into business from day one. Being in an intimate classroom environment was very important to me as I knew it would allow me to be confident in asking questions and meeting new people. Moreover, I knew that having a small class size would let me build relationships with my professors that go beyond class. In comparison to other schools, I loved that Leavey allowed me to start learning about business from the start rather than waiting until my sophomore year to start learning. Also, with the quarter system, you get to take so many more business classes compared to students at other schools!

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?   I wish I looked at schools more holistically when choosing where to apply to college. I focused a lot on the academic value a school would provide me with, but not enough on the social aspects which are just as valuable. I’m lucky to have ended up at a school that has a great balance of both, but I highly recommend looking at everything a school has to offer before spending the time to apply.