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Pitt Business Student Ambassadors

As Pitt Business Student Ambassadors, our goal is to help prospective students learn more about Pitt Business by sharing our experiences. If you visit Pitt Business, you will likely meet one of us – whether you are attending a Pitt Business Information Session at 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays, or during a University of Pittsburgh Saturday admissions program. You are also welcome to email us with questions at

Rachael White

Rachael White

Expected Graduation Date:Spring 2018
Major: Marketing
Concentration: Accounting
Certificates: Leadership and Ethics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Business Analytics, and International Business 

Hometown: Cranford, NJ

Internships: Provtiviti (Consulting), Othot (Analytics), Entrepreneurial Internship funded by the Henry E. Haller Scholarship

Study Abroad: I love international travel. So far, I've studied in the coffee supply chain in Costa Rica with the Plus3 Program; social entrepreneurship with the Pitt in South Africa Program; international marketing in Equador; and sustainable cities with Pitt in Amsterdam. 

Research Experience: I am currently pursuing a year-long independent research project focusing on the relationship between social entrepreneurship, an economic concept called the Bottom of the Pyramid, and my own business idea. 

Favorite quote: "Be comfortable being uncomfortable" -Anonymous

Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls

Something on your bucket list: Travel to all seven continents

Favorite place to eat on campus: Mad Mex

Going into college, I knew I wanted a city school, the opportunity to study entrepreneurship and the opportunity to study abroad multiple times. While I found a few schools that satisfied those requirements, Pitt Business stood out with its variety of international opportunities and its ability to shape the Pitt Business program around your personal interests and passions. I was also immediately drawn to the community feel to the city, the University, and the College of Business Administration. I have developed relationships with students and mentorships with faculty through courses and student organizations that have added such incredible value to my Pitt Business experience. Pitt has become a home away from home for me, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

Danielle Hatter

Danielle Hatter

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Majors: Finance
Concentration: Business Information Systems
Certificate: Leadership and Ethics
Hometown: Houston, TX

Internship: Ernst & Young, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Study Abroad: Plus 3 Costa Rica

Favorite TV shows: The Mindy Project

Favorite Place to Eat on Campus: Wafflonia

Favorite Place on Campus: Hillman Library

The minute I visited Pitt’s campus I knew had found my home for the next four years. I fell in love with the city of Pittsburgh and all of the things Pitt had to offer. However, I was most impressed by Pitt Business and the way the students carried themselves. I was intrigued by the all of the opportunities that were available to the students, ranging from internships and study abroad experiences to professional development opportunities. One of my favorite things about Pitt Business is the people. I am surrounded by an amazing group of students who push me to excel and are very supportive of my success.  

Eric Vance

Eric Vance

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Major: Accounting and Finance
Minors: Statistics and Economics
Certificate: Business Analytics
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Internships: Deloitte (Audit and Tax), PricewaterhouseCoopers (Tax), University of Pittsburgh Research Assistant

Study Abroad:Plus3 China Summer 2016

Favorite place to get coffee near campus:  Dunkin' Donuts (mainly for the donuts)

Favorite place to eat on campus: Fuel and Fuddle

Favorite Shows: White Collar, Friends, and Avatar the Last Airbender

Hobbies: Rock climbing, juggling, and Netflix-ing

Favorite thing about Pitt: Having the opportunities to pursue any venture or idea I may have. With the help of faculty, staff, and the city environment, I have the ability to do anything. 

The University of Pittsburgh is a big school in a big city. The College of Business Administration has allowed me to find a smaller, more personal environment that I can thrive in. Whether it is the helpful and knowledgeable faculty, the career resources at my disposal, or the many friendly and supportive students, Pitt Business has pushed me to flourish and be successful. 

Johannah Cottrell

Johannah Cottrell

Expected Graduation Date: April 2019
Majors: Accounting and Finance 
Minor: Italian
Certificate: Business Analytics
Hometown: Petersburg, Michigan

Internships: HM Health Solutions in Financial Planning and Analysis, Merrill Lynch in Financial Advising

Future Plans: Accepted a position as a 2018 summer intern in Deloitte's Advisory practice

Study Abroad:
 Pitt in Rome - 6 weeks in Rome, Italy learning about modern Italian culture and language. Service Learning in Organizations in Bolivia - a spring break trip to Bolivia accompanied by a semester-long project class focused on assisting a Bolivian nonprofit, CEOLI.

Favorite TV shows: The Office, How to Get Away with Murder, New Girl

Favorite place on campus: Heinz Chapel, the stained glass windows are gorgeous and the chapel is a beautiful complement to the Cathedral of Learning.

Favorite Vacation Spot: The Amalfi Coast, which is a beautiful rocky coastline near Naples, Italy. It's so beautiful there it's hard to believe it's real!

Favorite Thing About Pitt: I love that Pitt offers the opportunities of a city without being over-whelming. I come from a very small town so I like that Pitt still feels friendly and welcoming.

Something on your bucket list: I really want to hike in the Alps some day! I'm honestly not really a big hiker, but I think the views would be worth it.

Hobbies: Reading, Netflix-ing, Day-dreaming about traveling

I fell in love with the University of Pittsburgh from the first time I visited during my junior year of high school. It was only a gut feeling at first, but Pitt started meeting and exceeding my expectations as soon as I set foot on campus as a freshman. Pitt Business has given me more opportunities than I ever thought was possible. As a Pitt Business student, I feel that my professors, advisors, and mentors are truly invested in my success. Accomplishments are even more satisfying when you have such a strong support system behind you!

Bhakti Patel

Bhakti Patel

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Majors: Accounting, Supply Chain Management, and Business Information Systems
Hometown: Whitehall, PA

Internships: Norfolk Southern (Revenue Accounting Analyst), Rukmini Foundation (Fundraising Development Coordinator)

Plans after graduation: Pursue the Master of Science in Accounting program at the Katz Graduate School of Business

Study Abroad: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Berlin, Germany - I took classes at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and explored the start-up culture in the city. I had the ability to travel throughout Europe, went to Prague for a weekend, and went to London for a week! 

Favorite TV show: White Collar

Favorite place on campus: I like to study in the Cathedral. There's always a nationality room with great decorations available as a study space. 

Favorite Vacation Place: Greece – it’s a perfect blend of warm weather, fun summer festivals, and great food. 

Favorite part about Pitt: Since saying everything is too broad, I would have to settle for the culture. The sense of community on campus makes you feel right at home. 

I had my heart set on Pitt since I was a freshman in high school. I loved that the campus provided students with all the perks of a city without being overwhelming. Each neighborhood in Pittsburgh has its own unique personality and serves as a great medium to explore a variety of cultures. Additionally, the plethora of resources available for personal and professional development has truly enriched my college experience. Many of the business in the area partner with Pitt making it easy for me to leverage these resources to explore my interest in the business community. All in all, the individual I have come to be is a direct reflection of the remarkable support, nurture, and opportunities Pitt Business contributed. 

Ross Micka

Ross Micka

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Majors: Finance 
Minor: Economics
Certificate: Leadership and Ethics
Hometown: Williamstown, NJ

Internships: PNC (retail banking with a focus on consumer deposit and mass affluent portfolios), Adler’s Pharmacy (small business intern), and Go Reality (Analyst)

Study Abroad: Plus3 Costa Rica, Student Ambassador to China (Pitt To You)

Future Plans: I am currently in search of an investment or asset management internship for the summer of 2018. I plan to pursue a career in either consulting or investment management and financial advisory.

Favorite Vacation Experience: Spain and Portugal

Favorite place to eat on campus: Stack'd

Favorite Shows: White Collar, Burn Notice, Narcos

Hobbies: Baseball, Wrestling, Video Games

Favorite Quote: "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Favorite Thing About Pitt: The University of Pittsburgh offers students the opportunity to get involved in leadership positions starting freshman year. The college experience that Pitt offers students is unmatched.

As a freshman student, Pitt gave me the opportunity to join a student organization and take a leadership position within my first two months of starting classes. This enabled me to grow as a student, and it demonstrated to recruiters that I have the motivation and commitment to gain the necessary experience needed for internship opportunities. Pitt Business has more than provided me with the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters to assist me in my pursuit of internships, and in the future will assist me with full-time job opportunities.

Charlotte Mosher

Charlotte Mosher

Expected graduation date: Spring 2018
Majors: Accounting and Business Information Systems
Minor: Administration of Justice
Hometown: King of Prussia, PA

Internships: PricewaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline

Plans after Graduation: Begin full-time employment with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in its Core Assurance Practice in Philadelphia. I also plan to complete the CPA exam. 

Favorite TV show: Parks and Rec, Friends, Shameless

Favorite place on campus: Schenley Plaza looking up at Cathy

Favorite place to eat on campus: Hello Bistro

Hobbies: Baking, working out, shopping, traveling

Favorite part about Pitt: The people.  I have made some great friends over the years and there are still so many opportunities to continually meet new people. 

I have wanted to attend Pitt since I was a little girl.  My uncle works at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum and every time I came to visit I just fell more in love.  I think what drew me in was the unique feel of campus.  Pitt is located right outside downtown and as a result it has a smaller campus feel while offering all the bonuses of a city school.  In addition, I knew Pitt would make me work hard and push me to become the best version of myself.

Pitt Business is more than just the business school at the University of Pittsburgh.  The faculty truly cares about your success.  Whether it’s a resume review, interview prep, career advice, or you just want to talk, Pitt Business has someone to help!