Undergraduate student Aleah Green, class of 2021, broadcast journalism and African American studies major, writes about the Business Week Alumni Panel, held on September 5, 2018, at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.
You can always learn from those that have come before you. It’s important for students to remember this as they take on college and then a new career path. It’s the very reason that the Robert H. Smith business school hosts various events for their students. Just recently, as a part of “Business Week,” the Smith school hosted an alumni panel. Several graduates returned to give advice to students who are in the position that they once were.
One panelist, Elizabeth Aleshire, accounting major and May 2018 graduate, found programs such as the Smith Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) to be amongst the most useful. “Having the outside classroom assignments and working with real people” is what Aleshire believed to set her apart from others.
Anthony Mastandino, a 2017 graduate is now working for PepsiCo. and agreed with her sentiments. “There is so much to do here,” Mastandino said, as he advised students to make sure that they stay involved on campus as soon as possible. From the various consulting programs to the qualitative and quantitative experiences there is plenty to get involved with. Mastindino had wished that he had come to more events as an underclassman because of the potential to build such great networks. When you take leadership positions in the Smith school, “when you get out of school you can hit the ground running” said Mastandino.
It appears that one student, in particular, was already taking Mastandino’s advice. Antonio Pancorbo, freshman finance major, came out to the panel to see “what might be [his] future.” He’s looking forward to more events like these and the Smith School will be sure to have them.
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