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Kaitlyn Staats
Kaitlyn Staats
Finance and Music Majors
Orange County

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB: I am currently studying finance with a focus in real estate, music, and international business with a focus in Italian. I am a part of both the Leavey School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences. 

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies: I am involved in the Real Estate Association, Finance Networking Program, and I am an active member of the music community. The parts of music that most interest me include jazz combo and vocal music instruction. When I am not in class, you can find me laying in the sun at the beach or in the mission gardens, petting every dog that walks by. I love to hike, bake, and of course, sing. I have recently started to relearn piano, and I am loving it! 

What global experiences have you had in college? I first decided to study Italian on a whim after the first day of classes, but I have since fallen in love with the language, culture, and people. The Italian department is a close-knit community, and the professors have inspired me to pursue a minor in international business with intent to study abroad in Milan. 

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB?  The LSB community at SCU is extremely welcoming and hospitable. For example, I feel lucky to have had the chance to connect with many professionals through the groups that I am a part of. For example, I have started organizing informational interviews with people in the industries I am interested in. This has helped me gain a better idea of what I want to pursue, both short and long term. 

Favorite LSB Class and Why? My favorite LSB class has been Contemporary Business Ideas (Business 70) with Professor Tim Harris. Professor Harris is very well-versed in the world of business, and his passion shines through in his teaching. This class was a great introduction to the business world, and we got to work hands-on through simulations and presentations. 

What made you choose to attend LSB?  There are two main reasons why I chose to attend Santa Clara University and the LSB: the location and the people. Silicon Valley is known for harboring successful startups and being a place full of innovative ideas. The people in the Santa Clara community reflect this well, as they are genuinely the most welcoming people I have ever met in my entire life, but they are still ambitious and focused on their career goals. Our unofficial student community motto is “work hard, play hard,” and I feel like this motto encompasses the majority of how SCU students spend their time. Work hard and push each other to be the best you can be, but don’t forget to make time for fun. 

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?  College applications were a crazy time, but my best advice comes once you finish your applications. Research the schools you are applying to in terms of academics, but also check for a holistic fit. For example, reach out to current students, alumni, and other prospective students and get a feel for the attitude of the community, and base your decision heavily on this. These will be your future classmates, friends, colleagues, and business partners. You will change your mind a lot, and you may fall in and out of love with schools multiple times before deciding what is right for you. Be flexible and remember that you are going to end up where you need to be.