I love competition. In high school, I was a top-notch gymnast. Due to injury, I retired from that sport, but I needed something to scratch that itch. What did I chose? Boxing of course!! The sports are not as different as you may think. Both take extreme amounts of dedication, focus and training.
You know what else does? Your education.
I picked Pitt Business because competitively they are one of the best in the nation. Publicly ranked #11 nationally out of all business programs. I was also very intrigued with their message of “From the Classroom, To the City, To the World.”
I hoped to integrate myself into the culture of Pitt Business as quickly as possible. So, I joined a student organization, Phi Gamma Nu (PGN). They are the smallest business fraternity at Pitt Business, and because of this the bonds that I formed within the organization felt more meaningful. After joining, I became the philanthropy chair, and then followed to take on the role of chapter president for my junior and senior year. Under my presidency, PGN decided to re-brand the organization as a professional development organization, moving away from the fraternity aspect. We now accept all majors, providing professional and personal growth to anyone who has a passion to achieve such goals. Our emphasis is on career development for success in today’s workplace. Most importantly, we are a FAMILY that celebrates the individual. PGN is a major reason why I feel at home on Pitt’s campus and I am forever grateful to having joined the organization when I did.
From the Classroom
One of my favorite classes I took was Intro to Information Systems, where I met Professor Rodi (Interim Associate Dean, Tony Rodi). He made coming to class in the summer at 6 p.m., for 3 hours, enjoyable (still not sure how that is possible, but he did it). I could tell Professor Rodi was passionate about his work, his teaching, and more importantly his students. He made an effort to get to know me and the other students on a one on one basis. It was because of Professor Rodi that I found an interest in Information Systems and decided to switch my major to BIS with a focus in Data Analytics.
My Future is at PwC
The summer after my junior year, I returned to PwC for an internship in Risk Assurance. When I switched my major, I wasn’t sure what that would mean as far as internships or job opportunities. Nevertheless, I talked with the PwC Campus Recruiter and she guided me towards this area. I was placed at PwC’s Indianapolis office and had the opportunity to experience even more hands-on experience with client work, including traveling to and from various cities to meet with clients in their offices. I was able to travel to Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Pittsburgh all in 9 weeks. At the end of the internship, they offered me a full-time job offer to join their team as a Risk Assurance Associate in July 2020. I am still beyond excited and honored to be able to start my career with such an incredible company.