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?
My favorite experience at Kelley has definitely been the internships that I have had. Kelley Indianapolis’ unique location in the economic center of Indiana provided me with access to numerous opportunities to gain professional experience while taking courses at the same time. I completed six internships during my undergraduate career, and each one helped me further my business acumen and grow as a person and professional.
What has been your favorite class and why?
There are many courses that I’ve enjoyed while at Kelley, but my favorite was Professor Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow’s Effective Business Negotiations course (BUS-Z404). I took this course in the spring semester of my junior year and really enjoyed learning about different negotiation strategies and tactics. The skills that Professor Westerhaus Renfrow taught remain extremely valuable, and her passion for teaching and for her students made it a great course to take.
If you had to pick one professor who has impacted you the most while at Kelley, who would it be?
I have had several fantastic professors at Kelley who have helped me better myself as a student and person. However, the one who has impacted me the most is Maureen Kinney, the instructor in my very first course in Kelley: Road Trip (BUS-X103). From the very first day of class, Maureen took an interest in her students and helped me grow and reach my full potential. Although she no longer works at Kelley, I truly appreciate the confidence that Maureen had in me, and I can’t thank her enough for helping create a strong foundation for myself at Kelley!
Where do you see yourself after you graduate?
After graduation, I plan to stay in Indianapolis and begin my career in HR. I have a few job offers for positions in talent acquisition/recruitment, and I have no doubt that my coursework in Kelley and internship experience have each prepared me well! I also plan to take the SHRM-CP exam this summer and would like to go back and earn an MBA in the next 5-10 years.
Favorite activity/extracurricular activity that you have been involved in while at Kelley?
My favorite extracurricular activity on campus has been my work with the Regatta Steering Committee. I served on the committee for two years—first as the Coordinator of Rules & Teams and most recently as the Executive Director. The Regatta is designed to raise money for student scholarships and is the largest student-run event at IUPUI. I am so lucky to have gotten involved with the Regatta Steering Committee and made countless memories as a result! Through my involvement, I was able to grow as a leader and make lasting connections with students, staff, and alumni.
What is your advice to current Kelley students?
Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can! Don’t wait to get involved in student organizations (inside and outside of Kelley), and remember that it is never too early to apply for internships. Kelley’s location and size allows you to take on leadership and work experiences from the moment you step on campus. Have confidence in yourself and hit the ground running—your undergraduate career will go quickly!
What is your Kelley moment?
My Kelley moment was one that developed over time. There were points during my time at Kelley that I struggled with knowing what my passion was. After taking the Introduction to Human Resources (BUS-Z340) course and speaking to various HR professionals that I was connected with through Kelley, I switched my majors to HR and Management. As I progressed through Kelley’s HR curriculum and gained valuable exposure to several different areas within the industry, I truly felt like I found my passion. As a human resources professional, I love the ability that I have to impact the entire organization by recruiting and developing top talent. The opportunities that Kelley has offered me through coursework, internships, extracurricular activities, and case competitions has allowed me to discover my true passions and prepared me for a successful career upon graduation.