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Kevin Thursby
Kevin Thursby
Marketing Major
Park Ridge, Illinois

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB: I am a Marketing major and with that I have a deep interest in product development and brand management. I have had a great experience in some of the clubs I have joined to explore the sectors of marketing and specifically strategy consulting which is what I would love to do post-graduation!

What are your SCU and LSB activities/general hobbies: I am involved in the BEACH (Bronco Entrepreneurs Advisory Clinic Hours) program, which pairs graduate and undergraduate business students with law school candidates to consult local startups pro-bono. I also got involved Leavey Ambassadors last year which has been nothing short of amazing. Lastly, when I am not enjoying my favorite food from Pizza My Heart, I love to explore California, play basketball at Malley, and cook with friends.

What internship/employment opportunities have you taken advantage of at LSB?  During my sophomore year, I was lucky enough to secure a marketing and graphic design internship with MAT Holdings Inc. in Chicago, IL. Through the help of my BUSN 70 professor and the Career Center, I was able to find the right tools in order to maximize my chances of getting an internship in my area of study. The career center helped me develop my resume, reach out to potential employers, and with interview advice.

This summer I will be interning at AlphaSights as a Summer Associate in San Francisco. I was able to secure this internship by attending career fairs and presentations where AlphaSights was presenting, which gave me so many opportunities to network and connect with current employees.  

Favorite LSB Class and Why? My favorite class thus far in LSB has been MKTG 186, Integrated Marketing Communications. My professor Charles Byers, was an excellent instructor and an even better person. He has spent a majority of his career in brand management and marketing communications and took his real world experiences to our classroom. He was a very personable, understanding, and intelligent person which made the class very enjoyable. Our whole class was structured around preparing a Integrated Marketing Communications plan to a real business for them to apply to their business strategies, which was a great learning experience.

What made you choose to attend LSB?  Being from cold Chicago, I always wanted to be somewhere sunny on the west coast. It had been a goal of mine to go to a school that was mid-size, Jesuit, and had a great Business program – SCU checked all of those boxes! LSB has already given me so many resources and great educational opportunities that will only assist me in my future endeavors.

What advice you wish you had while applying to college?  I wish I knew how easy it would be to love where you are. It is a very frightening and transitional time during the college application process. Sometimes, you just need to take the leap and go somewhere where you want to go regardless of the external factors. If a school fulfills your educational and moral goals, I would urge you to not worry about the smaller frights and take the chance!