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Kevin Thursby
Kevin Thursby
Marketing Major
Park Ridge, Illinois

Areas of Interest at SCU and LSB:  I am a declared marketing major, with that I have a deep interest in graphic design and product development. I have had a great experience in some of the clubs I have joined to explore the sectors of marketing and specifically business 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 advise local startups pro-bono. I also got involved Leavey Ambassadors this 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 Santa Cruz, play basketball at Malley, and cook with friends.

What global experiences have you had in college? Unfortunately, I will not be able to study abroad during my time at SCU. However, I have formed great relationships from people from all over the world here! In each of my classes thus far, there has always been at least one international student which provides many different perspectives and experiences to learn about! 

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. In combination with some great advice from my BUSN 70 Professor, Craig Martin, I was able to land an excellent position and form some great skills for the future. 

Favorite LSB Class and Why? My favorite class thus far in LSB has been BUSN 70, Contemporary Business Ideas, the first business class at Santa Clara. As mentioned before, my professor Craig Martin, was an excellent instructor and an even better person. As he has spent a majority of his career in consulting and took his real world experiences to our classroom. He was a very personable, understanding, and intelligent person which made the class very enjoyable. 

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 Buissness 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 fufills your educational and moral goals, I would urge you to not worry about the smaller frights and take the chance!