Jena Gangwish originally came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study pre-med and major in accounting so she could run her own medical practice. Then priorities changed and she decided that family aspirations were more suited to a path in a physician’s assistant graduate program. To prepare, she changed her major to nutrition through the College of Education and Human Sciences. However, she knew she still wanted business to remain a big part of her college education and also signed up for the business minor at the UNL College of Business Administration.
“Business is beneficial with any career path you choose,” Gangwish said. “I decided that I wanted to have a family at an earlier age, so I didn’t want to do med school because of the time requirements -- but people forget that running a family is like a business itself. I can apply everything I learn in my business classes to the home life.”
Gangwish, a sophomore from Hastings, Neb., has found each business minor course serves an important purpose.
“Business is beneficial no matter what you do because you still have to keep track of your own finances,” she said. “Accounting and finance help me track finances efficiently and economics teaches me how to be aware of economic changes taking place in the world. Marketing classes are good no matter what you’re doing, because there’s always something to promote whether it’s an innovation you’ve developed or a service that you offer.”
Jena Gangwish minors in business
She also sees the business minor as a path to success in the job market.
“It gives me a well-rounded background that is attractive to companies across the board. When companies are hiring, they’re looking for people who have a basic knowledge of business.”
Gangwish encourages students taking the business minor to also consider taking the BSAD 150 computer skills course.
“I took BSAD 150 to learn the various computer applications for business. You don’t get as in depth in high school as you get from the classes here at CBA. In today’s world, you’re going to be using computer applications no matter where you end up working.”
Gangwish is also active in the CBA Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business student organization and helped administer the group’s high school business competition last fall.