Hello, my name is Drew Houser. I am a Junior Mechanical Engineering major who completed the Summer Business Institute the summer of 2013, after my Freshman year. Besides SBI ambassadors I am a member of Villanova Singers and in my spare time I enjoy working out, reading, and spending time with friends.
SBI has proven to be a pivotal moment with lasting consequences in my professional, personal, and academic life. Professionally I have used the knowledge and skills I developed through SBI’s courses to improve my resume, utilize on campus resources, and network in attempts to land a summer internship and find long term employment after graduation. Having already completed one program last summer, I am currently reapplying my skills to find another.
During the 10 week program I made a great group of friends whom I had not known before and whom I probably would not meet elsewhere. From fellow engineers in my classes whom I had not talked to before to complete strangers in other colleges and years, I am glad to say that I have met some of my best friends through SBI. One particularly memorable experience is the amount of games I played with everybody during our down time. From Basketball to Pokemon Stadium to Soccer, there was hardly a dull moment.
I decided to become an SBI ambassador for several reasons. Encouraging other students to pursue a business minor is the primary purpose of Ambassadors. Explaining the ins and outs of the program, answering any questions people may have, and encouraging Freshmen to utilize their time off during the first summer break are all rewarding. Another benefit of ambassadors is the availability of guidance available, such as the academic coursework I need to obtain another minor in the business school. Free sweaters and insomnia cookies at information sessions are both very nice too.