Student Advisory Council: Biographies

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  • Sarah Ali

    Biography

    SAC has been a huge opportunity for me because it has given me the chance to explore the world of professionalism the Career Services Office has to offer to the students. Being a senior, one would think I would know about the things happening on campus, but there are so many opportunities CSO has to offer, that I just didn't realize. We are able to volunteer and get behind the scenes experience with events the office facilitates, and I’m excited to participate in this way during my last semester at Kent State.

    I am passionate about finding new opportunities to learn and grow, not just as a professional, but as a person as well. I have chosen the path of public accounting because I feel that is the perfect environment where I can combine and utilize my technical skills as well as my people skills. I am passionate about meeting new people, discovering other people's ideas, interests and hobbies because it gives me a chance to challenge myself with to try ideas that are completely new to me.  

    I would like employers to know how much I am willing to learn and grow. Trying new things scare me, but only so much as to encourage me to try it and overcome that fear. This is one of the reasons traveling is one of my biggest passions, and I intend to take every opportunity I get to explore a new piece of the world. 


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  • Victoria Andrachek

    Biography

    Being involved in SAC creates a lot of unique opportunities for exposure to professional skills, and this year the event I most enjoyed attending was an etiquette dinner. I was able to gain those manners that will help me in my future throughout my time in internships and during my career. Without being involved in SAC, I would have looked at the email invitation to the event and then deleted it not knowing the impact it could have in my ability. The involvement with Student Advisory Council encourages me to go to these events. They provide knowledge that will help me in my future, and attending the experiences offered by the Career Services Office helps me get in a routine to do so, furthering my knowledge and professionalism.

    One professional aspiration I have for the future is to climb up the “ladder” of the company and grow to my full potential. I plan on doing internships with many different companies to see how their systems works and to gain the experience in a variety of fields. I also plan on going to the events which focus on leadership and growth to gain the knowledge of how to do so.

    Something I would like employers to know about me that is not on my resume is that I started working at the legal age of 16 and haven’t stopped working since.  Every position I’ve taken has shown me that I want to be the best I can be, and my determination ensures me to do just that. I have done everything within my ability to be a help to my employer at each of the different companies I’ve worked for. This dedication and work ethic has allowed me to gain respect in the workforce. 


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  • Karen Bissell

    Biography

    I enjoyed getting involved within the College of Business and having my input for the college considered.  Putting SAC on my resume really sets me apart from everyone else.

    I have the future aspiration of becoming a CPA for a public accounting firm.    


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  • Anjelica Campbell

    Biography

    As a member of the Student Advisory Council, I have had the opportunity to become more involved with the Career Services Office and to contribute to the College of Business community. I have worked collaboratively within a diverse team as well as undertaken individual projects, and I have been challenged to think creatively in order to generate and implement unique ideas for programming in the Career Services Office. This opportunity has benefitted me as a young professional because creative thinking, effective facilitation, and great communication are some of the most important aspects of succeeding in business, and this semester has afforded me the opportunity to grow in all of these areas.

    One of my long-term professional goals is to lead a philanthropic organization focused on providing clean water to communities around the globe without access to safe water sources. I have been a part of multiple clean water projects in the past, but I would love to take a leadership role in an organization that is devoted to improving access to safe water sources.


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  • Raymara Coleman

    Biography

    Being involved in the SAC has help me gain confidence when going into networking events. Volunteering for the etiquette dinner helped me gain experience for participating in professional dinners. I really enjoyed being able to speak to employers and get advice on how to present myself during recruitment season.

    Some professional aspirations I have for the future include obtaining internships in the finance and marketing fields to get a feel for what it is like to work in the different environments. I enjoy working with money, and know hands-on experience is key, so I am determined to obtain a Bank teller job in the summer of 2017 to improve my knowledge in this area.

    One thing that others might find interesting about me is that I truly enjoy swimming. This passion led me to try out for the swim team my last year of high school. I was not the best on the team, and because of this I knew I had a lot of work to do to prove I really wanted the spot on the team. I trained before and after school for 6 days a week to prove to  myself and others that I was capable of the challenge. Over the 5-month season, I decreased my time by 30 seconds, which was a major improvement.


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  • Jarrod Crano

    Biography

    COS SAC has given me the chance to meet with employers in a more intimate setting. After joining the Student Advisory Council I feel confident meeting employers, and I've had the opportunity to meet recruiters from my top companies. 

    I am seeking a job that I know I would look forward to going to every morning. 

    I have a daily habit of running. My longest streak has been 143 days in a row. 


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  • Michael Cramer

    Biography

    One thing that I have really enjoyed about being part of SAC is the networking opportunities.  One perk of this organization is that the day of the Kent State Internship and Career Fair, we were able to participate in a networking event with some of the employers prior to the fair.  It gave us the opportunity to meet with them in a small setting and put ourselves out there. 

    Upon graduation, my goal is to go into the sales or marketing field.  As a Managerial Marketing major, I am very passionate about those fields.  I feel that at Kent State I have learned a lot of valuable information that I can take with me into the field.  My main goal is to give 100% and do my very best with whatever I do.  I believe that if you do everything you can, you cannot fail, and that is the attitude I am going to bring to the working field.

    One thing that isn’t on my resume, that I want employers to know, is that I have a strong drive and passion for that which I commit myself to.  When looking at a resume, one can see all the jobs, clubs, etc. that people are/have been in.  That does not mean anything if you can’t see the quality of work that those people did while part of those organizations.  For me, I take everything that I do very seriously, whether it be an internship or a minimum wage job.  I believe that no matter what, you are there for a reason, and you need to prove that.  In my opinion, a person’s work characteristics cannot be listed on a resume, but I believe that is the main thing that separates me from others. 

     


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  • Megan Criswell

    Biography

    One thing I have enjoyed about being involved in SAC this year is the opportunity to make an impact on current students and future students. There is no better feeling than experiencing a situation, learning from it, and knowing that you have improved a component of college for someone else. I also love the open communication that exists between the council leaders and the members themselves.

    I hope to obtain a career in the future that gives me the power to create a work environment where no one dreads walking into work. Furthermore, I hope to obtain a management position in marketing where I can not only use my own ideas, but help other colleges achieve their visions for a company.

    Something that you wouldn’t know about me by looking at my resume is that I have a deep passion for animals. Along with my professional career, I hope to continue my volunteer work with the Stark County Humane Society where I am currently working in raising adoption rates for all dogs while specifically focusing on raising awareness for how to train Pit Bull mixes.


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  • Alexander Cruea

    Biography

    The part I enjoy the most about being on Student Advisory Council is the networking opportunities that we have throughout the semester, not only with each other as students from different majors, but also with the different employers. Participating in these events helped me a lot, as I had little previous experience networking with other business students much less employers that may hire me in the future. Because of this exposure, I have been figure out what parts I am good at and where I need to improve.

    Like many other young professionals, I want to have my own business. I have narrowed it down to a real estate company and likely will focus on apartments and commercial property. I became interested in this form of business during the housing crash of 2008. During one of my classes, we discussed Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and the second step is safety, which includes somewhere to live. Because people will always be looking for somewhere to live, it makes apartment rentals a relatively stable company ownership opportunity in the real estate market. To gain a better understanding of the real estate industry, I am currently looking into positions as a mortgage broker or a loan officer after graduation.

    I plan to begin my training for a half marathon in January. I know I will need to start out slow, as I have not run competitively in a while, so that I can work my way up to that 13.1-mile journey. I have already planned my training schedule and know that I want to start by running 2 miles 3-4 days a week and slowly increase that over about a six-month timeline, so that 3 days a week I will run 5 miles and 2 days a week I will run 10 miles. All this work will be focused on the desire to finish the half marathon in under 4 hours.

     


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  • Sam Esterlit

    Biography

    One thing I have enjoyed about being involved in SAC is the special connection with the CSO staff that enriches my experience in terms of networking, academy and life.

    My professional aspiration for the future is to be exceptionally good in my field and to contribute with a significant impact.                 

    I would like employers to also know that I am willing to travel, explore and relocate to any destination in the U.S as part of my professional growth. After all, life is a journey.

     


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  • Anna Kosdrosky

    Biography

    Being new to SAC this semester, I have really enjoyed meeting and connecting with other SAC members; the group is full of very insightful, driven, and innovative individuals. The feeling of being involved in my college and being able to represent the student body of business students, is fantastic. Students in SAC are provided with many networking and volunteer opportunities that will definitely help us grow as young business professionals. 

    I am very passionate about music and marketing (hence my major being Managerial Marketing). I would love to be in music business one day as a career, however this is more of a long-term goal. I am currently seeking any kind of marketing internship or networking connections at this time to help me get started in the marketing field upon graduation. 

    I am a very dedicated and motivated individual. I have been weightlifting nearly every day for 2 years now, despite my busy schedule at school. I wake up at 4:45 am each day to go to the gym before my classes, so I can fit the gym into my often-busy schedule. I love the gratification that has come with my hard work so far, and know I will continue to maintain my healthy lifestyle no matter what happens with my schedule in the future. 


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  • Erin Liggett

    Biography

    The one thing I have enjoyed the most about being involved in SAC this year is having the opportunity to share my ideas for student success and design programs for aspiring professionals and graduate students.  I am looking forward to further developing my organizational and communication skills next semester through designing a panel for prospective MBA students.  I was excited at the opportunity to contribute my idea and receive feedback, and working on this project is surely an experience that I will be able to look back on in my future career. 

    A professional aspiration that I have for my future is entering into a graduate program for Higher Education and Student Personnel.  I am very passionate about the college experience and learning about what my peers are experiencing.  Currently I am connecting myself with various offices that promote student success, learning, and professionalism across campus and to better prepare myself for obtaining either a job or a graduate assistantship at a university upon acceptance into my program or upon graduation in May 2017.

    This March, over spring break, I am excited to embark upon an opportunity I was given through the Mentors Aiding in Peer Success (MAPS) Peer Mentoring program, within the College of Business Administration, here at Kent State. Through MAPs, I will be attending the ACPA Conference in Columbus, a regional conference for Student Affairs professionals.  At the conference, I will be helping to both present and promote our MAPS Mentor program, with our program coordinators, to a group of higher education professionals.  While I am in Columbus, I also have the opportunity to attend various workshops and hear speakers centered around the area of student affairs I am most passionate about. I will also have the privilege of networking with higher education professionals and my own peers with like-minded interest in serving students. 


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  • Samantha Manross

    Biography

    he thing that I enjoy most about being involved in the SAC is the relationship and connections I have begun to form with my peers as well as the advisors in the Career Service Office. This has helped me to move forward as a young professional because I feel comfortable going to the advisors for resume reviews and mock interviews as well as going to my peers for things such a networking.

    A professional aspiration I have for the future would be to find a way to incorporate my career with the field of sports. I grew up as an athlete, and I am very passionate about the industry. I would love to use my marketing skills in such a way to benefit and keep me connected with something I am passionate about.

    One thing I would like employers to know that isn't listed on my resume is that I am completing my bachelor’s degree in 3 years. I participated in the PSEO program in high school which allowed me to take college classes while still in high school and earn credit towards both my degree as well as my high school diploma. Taking college level courses in high school helped to prepare me for college, and because of this program I will be graduating a year ahead of schedule. 


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  • Kendra Molyet

    Biography

    Kendra Molyet is a senior managerial marketing major and an international business minor. Molyet has helped the Career Service Office for two years promoting student involvement and providing assistance to the CSO advisors. She is the President of the Business Leadership Club, Secretary for Business Professional Roundtable, and Communication Officer for the Catholic Student Association. Outside of Kent State University, Molyet has had three internships at JIT-Packaging, Ross Stores Inc. and MarshBerry. She plans on graduating in Spring of 2017 and is excited to see what the future holds next for her career! 


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  • Bradley Ochwat

    Biography

    One thing I enjoy about being involved in SAC is the fact that I get to break out my shell a bit. During the fall semester of 2016, SAC members got to meet with a number of employers at a networking event. Just having that experience changed something about me. I now feel a bit more confident and have some insight on how an event like that works. I truly feel that practice makes perfect, and the more experiences I go through, the more my skills will grow. Being an SAC member has made me capable of having such experiences.

     A professional aspiration I have for my future is to be in an administrative position where I can make a positive impact. I am passionate about leadership and would like to be in a position where I can support others while refining myself. I express my inclination for leadership by the organizations I choose to be involved in at KSU. I am a Major Mentor and a MAPS Mentor, both of which allow me to gain experience while helping others. Along with being involved in SAC, I can say that I have positioned myself, so that I can prepare for a future that will incorporate my professional aspirations.

    Something that is not on my resume that I would like an employer to know about me is that I am a really competitive person, but not in a traditional sense. I compete with myself. I always try to out-do myself. I am constantly trying to do something better by setting goals, planning, and holding myself accountable. It is a drive that seems to be integrated into me, and it is one of my best qualities. 

     


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  • Rohan Paul

    Biography

    The Student Advisory Council has given me so many opportunities to utilize my communication skills and also to learn from peers, staff, faculty and professionals. For example, from networking with employers to helping the Career Services Office with managing and organizing the Top Student Scholar Showcase, I was able to connect and refine my skills with a variety of different people. These are special events that only junior and senior student get to attend. But because of my involvement in the office, I was able to attend these events while I was a freshman student, and it’s a privilege only few students get.

    I am really passionate about communication. I feel that it is a very important aspect of life. A person can have all the knowledge in the world, but if he or she is not able to communicate, then nothing good will come out of the it. I want to acquire more knowledge and move forward in my passion, learning from both professional and from other students. As of now, my plans after graduation are to works as a sales person in a multinational corporation and use my communication and networking skills there.    

    I really like to volunteer with different events and with various type of groups. I am one of the leaders of Lutheran student fellowship and have promoted our ministry on a weekly basis’s by going to different churches and raising funds for the fellowship. This is the part where communication comes in, as a lot of people are unaware about the fellowship. I have also decided to take on the management roles in the ministry. I will be planning, organizing, leading and facilitating one of the welcome back events for students, organized by a partnered church at the Ice Arena.       


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  • Amanda Shaefer

    Biography

    The part that I have enjoyed most about being in SAC this year is the experience that I have gained as a freshman.  I am one of few first-year students that have received the great opportunity to attend networking events and volunteer at other events because of SAC.  I have already gained experience by talking to recruiters for the first time and seeing how College of Business events work.  SAC has helped me realize that your freshman year is never too early to start thinking about internships, jobs, and your professional future.

    A professional aspiration I have for the future is to be able to give back to others that need help, in a way where I can use my talents.  I would love to do this is by someday working for a non-profit organization and would love even more if it benefited cancer research or cancer patients.  I want to do this because I am passionate about helping people with this disease. I am passionate about working for a non-profit someday because I could do something to change the lives of others while still working in the business field.

    One thing that I would like employers to know about me that isn’t on my resume is that I love to travel.  I am very open to going to new places and trying new things.  When I travel and go somewhere that I am not around every day, I cannot help but be excited to experience new places and meet new people.  If I could, I would travel to Europe to experience different cultures, ways of living and see the many countries there.  In the future, I hope I can travel more and even travel for the jobs I have.


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  • Marisa Stephens

    Biography

    The SAC has allowed me to experience the never ending stream of advice and support from fellow members and the advisors.  It is an honor to be able to meet and interact with great student leaders from around campus and within the College of Business.  I love being able to share ideas and experiences with goal oriented individuals and receive positive feedback, constructive and helpful criticism, and support.  Being a member of SAC has boosted my confidence going into networking and career events and has also helped me reflect on my past experiences and how I can improve myself because of them.            

    My biggest passions in life are helping people and making a change which impacts the world around me for the better. My professional aspirations for the future align with these passions. I want to work in a position that can help improve lives and make communities stronger.  Whether I do this through fundraising, advocacy, or anything else that it might entail, I am excited about my future to be able to be a part of something bigger than myself.  I am consistently looking for opportunities to pursue these aspirations through event planning and fundraise for causes, holding leadership positions to gain team management skills, and challenging myself to grow professionally and personally to be the best version of myself.    

    One thing that I believe is important to know about me, that isn’t listed on my resume, is that I never give up.  For example, when I was in high school, I was in an ATV accident which resulted in2 ankle surgeries, over the course of 2 years, and an immense amount of physical therapy.  When I came to college, after running throughout my high school years, I did not want to give up my love for running.  I signed up for a half marathon and was determined to cross the finish line when it was my time to run.  I trained really hard for the race, and my biggest goal was to finish and be able to run the whole time.  My ankle was still not at its best, and not as strong as it should have been, but I kept going.  On race day, I stepped up to the start, ran the full 13.1 miles without stopping, and crossed the finish line.  No matter what slows me down in my personal or professional life, I always fight to keep going and never give up until the end goal is reached. 


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  • Amber Stayer

    Biography

    The thing that I have enjoyed most about being involved in SAC this year is building a relationship with all of the members who have joined.  This group is not made up of just upperclassman; it is a collaborative effort of any level of student, everyone and anyone who wants to be a part of this group.  You get to learn about experiences from one another, and you can get advice from an upperclassman without being afraid because you are on the same team, working together to make career services better.  As a young professional, this has helped me ask more questions and really consider the thoughts of others before jumping to my own conclusions.  It has also allowed me to create relationships that I wouldn’t have been able to attain.

    For my future, I want to be able to become more involved in the deaf community as well as the business atmosphere.  Some opportunities that I have considered involve meeting with other business professionals and learning what they do to support and accommodate those with a hearing loss.

    For the past thirteen years I have been Irish dancing for a group called the Olean Area Irish Dancers.  Every year we take the time to travel all over our county to perform at nursing homes, festivals, celebrations, hospitals, and schools.  Also on Sundays, I travel an hour and a half away from home to train myself with other dancers, so I could compete as an individual or with a team.  This experience of dancing exhibits dedication, drive, and how to work to better not only myself by others.  These are strong skills that I would bring to the workforce every day.


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  • Jacob Williams

    Biography

    The thing that I enjoy most about being involved in the SAC are the relationships and connections I have begun to form with my peers as well as the advisors in the Career Service Office. This has helped me to move forward as a young professional because I feel comfortable not only going to the advisors for resume reviews and mock interviews, but also going to my peers for things such a networking advice.

    A professional aspiration I have for the future includes somehow connecting my business education with the field of sports. I grew up involved in athletics, and I am very passionate about the industry. I would love to use my marketing skills to impact the promotion of a sports team.

    One thing I would like employers to know that isn't listed on my resume is that I am completing my bachelor’s degree in 3 years instead of 4. I participated in the PSEO program in high school, which allowed me to take college classes while still in high school and earn credit towards both my degree as well as my high school diploma. Taking college level courses in high school helped me to prepare for college, and because of this program, I will be graduating a year ahead of schedule.  


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  • Nino Zamtaradze

    Biography

    SAC gives me great experiences where I can connect to potential employers. Last semester, I had a chance to volunteer during Top Student Scholar Showcase, and it allowed me to fully present myself and hold a conversation with employers rather than just handing them the resume.  As a member of SAC, I have an opportunity to express my ideas and thoughts about current events, plan and participate in future activities as well as work closely with COBA Career Services advisers.

    In the future, as a professional marketer, I would love to have an opportunity to work in successful international companies, where I hope to oversee the marketing responsibilities for a product

    I believe that people need to know that I am very goal-oriented person--always trying to do my best and never giving up in critical situations.