Ambassador Profile– Steven Buonomo



I decided to become an SBI Ambassador because I wanted to be able to share my positive experience with other students who are considering SBI. I was very indecisive and unsure of SBI before I sent in my application last winter. I would like to be able to help other students who are going through this same discernment period as I was this time last year.

Since completing SBI, I believe that I have had a more complete understanding of the business world around me. When business topics are brought up among my friends, I am now able to engage in their conversations, impressing them with my new business background. Additionally, SBI has inspired me to look into additional business courses, and I am currently taking a finance elective which I have found very fascinating thus far!

SBI has given me new tools to help me be successful as I progress through my career as a Mechanical Engineer. I believe that my engineering curriculum has been complemented with business fundamentals that will help me make more informed decisions in the future. Although I plan to maintain a career path in the field of engineering, I hope that my business background will set me aside from my colleagues, allowing me to propel vertically through a company to a management position.

I believe that the best knowledge base was simply the business lingo and business background that I was able to learn through SBI. Before taking part in the program, I was not familiar with topics such as financial sheets or boards of directors. I now believe that if I were to sit in a room of business professionals, I would be able to not only understand what they are discussing, but also be able to intelligently chime in and voice my opinion. I am grateful for SBI for instilling in me this confidence.

My most memorable SBI experience was when I was given the opportunity to present our group’s final presentation in our Competitive Effectiveness course to our corporate client, QVC. I was honored that my group trusted me with this responsibility, and I made sure to make the most of it. Although I was initially a little nervous, I took the podium with my partner and we gave an awesome proposal to professional directors of QVC. I felt an amazing feeling of both accomplishment and pride as I, and engineer, was presenting our business research to a few business professionals. I will never forget that feeling of poise as we presented that summer morning, and I am graeful for SBI for allowing me to achieve such an opportunity.

Motivational Monday


The only thing that could make a Monday somewhat bearable is snow. So today has been a prime Monday that, dare I say, barely needs motivation. But here comes some awesome motivation, anyway.

This video was recommended to be by one of my good friends. It is about success and how bad you want you want something. In the video, the speaker tells of an older man who is training a younger man who wants to succeed. They meet at the beach at four in the morning and the older man makes the boy go out into the ocean. The older man makes him walk out until the water is at the boys mouth and holds him under just before the point of passing out. The old man pulls him back up and says when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that is when you will be successful. The video is extremely powerful and is definitely worth a watch. If you’re like me, this video will make you want to go out and conquer the world. So enjoy- and I hope you do something that you want badly.

Welcome Back!!


Welcome Back Everyone!! I hope that everyone had a fantastic break and a great first week of the semester. I’m sure everyone has already hit the ground running- more like sprinting- this semester (or is that just me?) so I’m sure everyone could use some motivation to push through this week.  I know it’s not Monday, but after a long weekend doesn’t everyone’s internal clock get thrown off? Again, maybe just me.

Anyway- to follow the theme of the weekend and the holiday that we just celebrated and remembered, I decided to pick some of the most inspiring quotes of Martin Luther King Jr. Whether these quotes make you smile, or are good inspiration for your New Year’s Resolution, I hope they are good motivation for your week ahead.

  1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  2. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”
  3. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  4. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  5. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Have an awesome week and don’t forget about your application to SBI!! Apply today!