College of Business & Economics
Why did you decide to major in e-Business?
I originally started as a marketing major, but with so much business online, I felt like something was missing from my education. Once I found out about the e-Business major, I was definitely hooked. The fact that it overlapped so much with other fields of study was great too. I was able to double major by only adding four extra classes and was still able to graduate in four years.
What would you say to someone considering a degree in e-Business or a combined e-Business and Business Administration degree?
My favorite part of the e-Business degree and classes is being able to go into a job and show my boss something they have not even thought of or implemented yet. Not only do I feel prepared for a career, but I feel like I can actually help improve a potential employer's company. Those are the kind of assets that get and keep a good job.
You are the Vice President, of the e-Business Association. What does the e-BA do? Why should students join the e-BA?
Our goal is to provide students with the hands-on experience that they do not get in their everyday classroom. Sometimes this includes guest speakers, job fairs and networking events. Our most popular activity is going on company tours. In September 2011, we toured AOL’s Advertising.com division in downtown Baltimore. Not only was the experience unique and but it opened so many doors for the members including internships, jobs and networking.
What advice would you give to up-and-coming students within the College of Business and Economics?
Have fun but take it seriously. Keep in mind you are building the foundation for the rest of your career here. The most important part of that is to have a plan and stick to it. You will have to make adjustments—but that’s life. Outside of class, I would never have gotten all the hands-on experience that employers really value if I had not gotten involved. Everyone in line behind you waiting to interview for a job has a degree too. The out-of-classroom experiences are what set you apart from your competitors—so make them count! College comes with free time, so be sure to make the most of it to be prepared for the competitive job field.