Ambassador Profile: Rob Kluge

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Completing my business minor at SBI was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Villanova thus far. First of all, I learned so much in such a short amount of time about many areas of business. I was challenged academically throughout the summer and I’m sure that the knowledge that I’ve gained will come in handy down the road in my career.

In addition to giving me a basic understanding of business, SBI has given me the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in four years. The credits that I earned last summer put me a year ahead of schedule. So, I’m completing a five year Bachelor’s in Mathematics, Master’s in Applied Statistics program in four years. I believe that, together, the business minor, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree will make me very marketable as I search for a career in the actuarial sciences. Recently, I was offered a summer intern position at an actuary company near my home. SBI gave me a basic business understanding that contributed to my value as a candidate for the position.

I decided to become an SBI Ambassador because I want to impress upon other students the value that SBI can give them. I am very grateful for the opportunities SBI has given me thus far, and am so glad that I spent my summer at Villanova last year.

Ambassador Profile: Robbie Burd

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The SBI Ambassadors program was definitely something that I wanted to be a part of because I loved the Summer Business Institute and wanted to help debunk some of the negative myths that I had heard prior to applying for the program.  Business is involved in everything.  It’s pretty hard to not be able to apply most of what you learned during SBI to any major on campus.  As an engineering major, business is never explicitly stated but when we are doing an experiment in the lab and trying to find the most efficient way to do a particular task, while using the least amount of material, I can think about how business is driving this.  One of the reasons we need to be efficient and use the least amount of material is because time and material cost money.

One of the reasons I was given the opportunity to work for a construction management company over the summer is because I understand the business aspects of things.  This company is not simply a construction company, but they are a company that takes a person’s idea and builds it from scratch.  They tell the customer the cost of what they’re building, how long it will take, and actually follow through with the build.  Not only will I be participating in the engineering parts of the construction, but I will be helping manage the finances for the projects and get a firsthand look at how this works.  The only reason I am able to participate in the business aspects of the projects is because of my business background from SBI.

Ambassador Profile: Julia Walsh

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Hi everyone! My name is Julia and I am a Junior Communication Major here at Villanova. Since as long as I can remember, I have had a tendency to over analyze everything and a ton of difficulty making decisions. So when I was a senior in high school faced with choosing which college to go to, I was completely overwhelmed. On top of that, I was puzzled with what major I wanted to be or even what school within different colleges I wanted to apply to. Did I want to be in the Business School? The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences? I had no idea!

I had never taken a business class in my life before SBI, so I was resistant to applying to the business school before coming to college.  I really wasn’t sure if I would like it or even have an interest in it. However, after coming to Villanova as a freshman I soon learned more about the business school and the different majors and programs they offered. I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of regret about choosing to be in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, until I heard about SBI!

I took SBI after my freshman year at Villanova and it has truly impacted the rest of my studies ever since. I studied abroad in London last semester where I worked in a Public Relations and Marketing internship and have now chosen to pursue a second minor in marketing. I am so happy that I no longer have to feel torn between these two different paths because in so many ways they are connected. Besides constantly having to run back and forth from Garey to Bartley, taking marketing classes this semester a long with my PR and Communication courses has been amazing! These courses align really well with one another and are helping me to figure out what I want to do in the future after graduation!

Ambassador Profile: Sara Casagrand

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When I applied to SBI and even when I started during the summer of 2013, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do in life. As a rising sophomore, I was still undecided about my major, as well as uncertain about my interests and talents. Business was a whole new world for me and, to be honest, it intimidated me at first. Soon, however, I started to love the real-world application and interconnectedness of each of the SBI classes I took.

My favorite part of my SBI experience was our Competitive Effectiveness class. I quickly developed a strong interest in marketing—and then the wheels started turning. I decided I wanted to complement my brand-new business minor with a marketing minor. Then I chose my major, Communication, and my concentration, Writing & Rhetoric, based on my other skills and interests. Public relations, business, marketing, and writing—I’ve found that each of my academic areas of study overlap and inform one another, and I’m so pleased with the opportunities that this combination has provided me with.

SBI was tough; the program challenged me mentally (and sometimes emotionally and physically) on a daily basis. But completing the program has almost single-handedly determined my career path. I spent the summer after SBI as a content creation intern with Hello Marketing, a small inbound marketing agency, because of the writing and the marketing skills that I brought to the table—skills I would not have had if I hadn’t already earned a business minor. It’s difficult to put into words how important SBI was to my college experience. But, in short, SBI provided me with a game plan for my career and gave me the confidence to compete in the business world, even as a Liberal Arts student.

I’m currently enjoying my junior year here at Villanova. I am an SBI Ambassador and I will spend the semester as an intern working on SBI’s weekly Alumni Update newsletter. I’m also the Publications Coordinator of Alpha Gamma Delta and a member of Villanova’s Student Alumni Association. I look forward to seeing what my last collegiate summer and my senior year have in store!

Ambassador Profile: Paige Kohler

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Since graduating SBI I have become an SBI ambassador. One of the main reasons I decided to do this was because I wanted to be a part of the force that has been driving SBI to become a bigger and more effective program. Over the past years the program has been steadily increasing in size. This year we hope to get even more people on board. Although “giving up” a summer to go to school may discourage some, we aim to encourage people to use the summer as an investment in their future. After spending my summer completing SBI, I have used my Business minor to leverage my Communication major. Many of the concepts I learned during the summer have carried over into many of my Communication courses. My summer with SBI has helped me discover a potential career path that I am interested in–I have developed a passion for the media industry after working with QVC in Competitive Effectiveness. SBI offered different networking experiences throughout the summer that allowed me to meet various professionals. My successful experience with SBI has influenced me to urge others to consider a business minor. The program is meant for all non-business majors regardless of class year, which allows you to meet different people. SBI has enhanced my education and overall experience at Villanova.

Ambassador Profile: Erik Koehr

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I am very fortunate that I was able to attend the Summer Business Institute last summer. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The format of the Summer Business Institute is designed to give participants the most value. Because of the condensed nature of SBI, the material was challenging, however lasting relationships were being fostered.

I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous brilliant and ambitious future professionals through this experience. It gave me the experience to explore new worldly perspectives, outside of engineering. I was able to learn valuable skills outside of my major which will be vital for success in the professional world.

I chose to become an SBI Ambassador because of everything that the Summer Business Institute has done for me. It has been a fulfilling and enlightening experience. The Summer Business Institute has shaped me into a more knowledgeable and marketable professional. Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in a program like the Summer Business Institute and one of the reasons why I became an SBI Ambassador is so that I can tell others about this incredible opportunity.

Ambassador Profile: Nick Dowdle

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This past Summer I enrolled myself in Villanova’s Summer Business Institute, and it was one of the best life decisions I’ve ever made. I had always thought that the whole “invest in your future” thing was a little corny, but the skills and knowledge I gained at SBI have convinced me that the program is one of the best investments you can make. The classes I took, the information I learned, and the people I met all contributed to ensuring my success in the future.

I’m an Economics major in the Arts school, so the material I learned had a good deal of overlap that helped to reinforce the Economics I already knew. But at the same time, I learned a great deal of new material that will help me in the real world after I graduate. SBI taught me everything from what stocks will get you a good return on investment, to how products are effectively marketed to a consumer.

If I had to say one thing about students who are successful at SBI, it would be that they have a drive to gain knowledge. That’s one of the things I love about SBI. There is a love of learning present in the classrooms. If you want to be successful at SBI you have to have within yourself the drive that I feel most Villanovans have. That is the willpower to effectively and actively use your skills and talents to seek out and acquire new information in order to ensure your success in future endeavors. In that sense, students enrolled in the SBI program really do “invest in their future.”

I am very fortunate that I was able to attend the Summer Business  Institute last summer. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The format of the Summer Business Institute is designed to give participants the most value. Because of the condensed nature of SBI, the material was challenging, however lasting relationships were being fostered.

I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous brilliant and ambitious future professionals through this experience. It gave me the experience to explore new worldly perspectives, outside of economics. I was able to learn valuable skills outside of my major which will be vital for success in the professional world.

I chose to become an SBI Ambassador because of everything that the Summer Business Institute has done for me. It has been a fulfilling and enlightening experience. The Summer Business Institute has shaped me into a more knowledgeable and marketable professional. Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in a program like the Summer Business Institute and one of the reasons why I became an SBI Ambassador is so that I can tell others about this incredible opportunity.