Students Who Started Something
Ali Abramson graduated with a marketing degree and management minor. The best decision this Gothenburg, Nebraska, native made at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was majoring in business. While at CBA, she gained confidence in her skills and abilities while stepping outside her comfort zone.
"Although I have taken several memorable courses the last four years, Dr. Gwendolyn Combs' diversity management class stands out because it pushed me to look at situations from a different perspective. I learned the importance of diversity and inclusion in organizations and how companies can utilize these differences to create a sustainable advantage. I want to strive to create a more cohesive work environment because of this class," she said.
Ali plans to travel in Africa over the summer doing ministry work. Once she returns to the states, she will relocate to Texas to pursue a career in human resources management. Congratulations Ali!
Nate Dederman graduated with business administration and pre-optometry degrees. A future eye doctor, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, native has been accepted into the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. While most people pursue a degree in science if they plan to go into the medical field, Nate realized having a business background would be beneficial to him once he opens his private practice.
"My ultimate career goal is to have a private practice and be able to use my business knowledge to run a successful business. Taking classes in CBA has given me the opportunity to learn about all aspects of business. Being required to take accounting, finance, economics, management and marketing on top of my desired major provided me with a wide breadth of business knowledge that I couldn't get anywhere else," he said.
Congratulations Nate and good luck in optometry school!
Chris Spanel from Lincoln, Nebraska, graduated with a finance degree. He accepted a position with Credit Suisse in Chicago as an investment banking analyst for one of the world's leading banks. Chris understood the importance of using CBA resources and networking when he was searching for an internship.
"The finance faculty at CBA were extremely helpful in planning my four years in CBA. I learned about career paths in the field of finance from them which gave me an edge. Career Services at CBA was most beneficial in helping me edit my resume and gain connections in my field of interest. They also taught me how to navigate LinkedIn so I could reach out to alumni working in investment banking which helped me get an internship and later a full-time job," he said.
Congratulations Chris and best of luck with your career!
Margo Berends graduated with economics and political science degrees. The Aurora, Colorado, native arrived on campus and made the most of her college experience. Margo won the prestigious 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award because of her involvement on campus. She plans to teach English in Toulouse, France, after graduation and will eventually pursue a career and masters degree in international development policy.
"My study abroad experiences at Oxford and West Africa and my internship with the Institute of International Education in Washington D.C. were some of the most influential and enlightening experiences I had at UNL. Initially I was very nervous, uncertain and scared to do all three but pushing the envelope of my comfort zone is something I haven't regretted," she said.
Congratulations Margo and good luck in France!