In the days leading up to the IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner, we will be featuring the Kelley students who were named among IUPUI’s Top 100 students in 2018.
What has been your favorite experience so far at Kelley?
Caleb: I studied abroad in Spain during my sophomore year. This was my first time out of the country, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The program combined two of my biggest passions, business and sports, and I was able to visit some of the most famous sports clubs in the world in FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as the Olympic Village in Barcelona. I am so grateful to Professor Donahue and Professor Malatestinic for creating such a memorable experience.
What has been your favorite class and why?
Last summer, I took BUS-F494: International Finance with Professor Roberson. This class exposed me to international markets, currency exchanges, and derivative and hedging strategies, and I found the material fascinating. Professor Roberson has a way of bringing the material he teaches to life, and I enjoyed learning about the economic and business environment of different countries, while also exploring how money flows across borders and the business and social implications of doing business abroad. Kelley does a great job of exposing students to global perspectives, and this class helped me to gain a better understand of how international business is conducted.
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
The first person I met at Kelley was Maureen Kinney. She taught my first-year seminar class, BUS-X103: Business Road Trip. This course allowed us to visit different businesses across Indianapolis, and it was my first exposure to an actual business environment. Maureen believed in me from the minute I stepped on campus, and she helped me to reach my full potential as a student and as a leader. Without Maureen, I would not be where I am today.
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
After I get married next fall, I’ll be starting full-time at Katz, Sapper & Miller in their audit department. I could see myself staying there the rest of my career, or I may return to academia and decide to teach accounting one day. I’ll see where my future takes me, but I would love to stay in Indianapolis for the foreseeable future.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
My freshman year, Indianapolis hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four. I got to volunteer for the event, working at Michigan State’s team hotel, the airport, and the fan fest. I also got to experience all of the excitement surrounding the game as a fan, including the free concert series in White River State Park. My friends and I got to go to the Imagine Dragons, Rihanna, and Zack Brown Band concerts all for free. Being a sports fan, this was one of the coolest experiences of my time at college, and something that I would not have gotten to experience had I gone to any other university. I love Indianapolis, and it was so cool to watch the city host one of the many world-class events that come through the city.
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
Take time to enjoy college. Sometimes you get so bogged down in the future that you forget to enjoy the moment, and before you know it, four years have gone by and you’re two months from graduation. Go out to eat with your friends, buy that concert ticket, or go on that spring break trip. Have goals and go after those wholeheartedly, but at the same time, enjoy the moments you have now, because you’ll never get them back. Indianapolis is an incredible city – make sure you take time to get to experience that while you’re here.
What is your Kelley moment?
There is honestly no feeling like the feeling you get when you receive your first full-time job offer. Last April, just after my internship at KSM had ended, I received that phone call. Suddenly, all of the work I had put in over the past three years finally had paid off. I have Kelley to thank for all of that.