As part of our Countdown to Commencement series, we interviewed a few soon-to-be graduates from our undergraduate and MBA programs to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller College, and what they plan to do after Fall 2018 Commencement.
Meet Audrey Rose Arnold:
Audrey comes from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is finishing up her undergraduate Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She describes herself as a “creative and impassioned explorer.” After graduation, Audrey will work as a film writer for ArtsATL. She also plans to attend graduate school for theatre and dramatic arts.
Fun fact about yourself:
I wrote and directed my first short film this year!
Where did you intern/co-op and when? What projects did you work on during your internship?
I’ve interned for Creative Loafing, Twelv Magazine (New York), and Karla Otto Public Relations (New York).
I helped plan the 2016 ‘Best of Atlanta Festival’ while I was interning for Creative Loafing, and also wrote their first internship manual for the Marketing Department, called ‘The Loafer’s Guide to the Galaxy.’
I wrote articles on fashion and art-related news for Twelv Magazine, and was able to interview some amazing artists in the process. Soren Solkaer and Misha Kahn are some of my favorite artists in general, so getting to meet them and have conversations and then sit down and write articles about their experiences was pretty incredible.
When I interned at Karla Otto I was working in the PR department. They are one of the top international fashion PR firms, so it was a really dynamic and energetic environment. My biggest project while interning there was Men’s Fashion Week. I helped with the organization and logistics for the Hugo Boss Show, and ended up bumping into Chris Hemsworth in a tailor-made suit, which was surreal.
Why did you choose Scheller College of Business?
I chose Scheller after attending a campus tour and receiving a hand-written thank-you note from one of the business ambassadors. It struck me as an eloquent move, and the personal gesture really made the whole process of choosing a college a lot less intimidating to me. Of course the tour went well and Tech was among my top choices to begin with, but if I had to name one thing in particular, it was that thank-you note that ultimately led me here.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor was Ulrich, my history of music teacher during the Oxford Program. His zest for life was contagious, and his personal investment into the material made the course one of the richest learning experiences of my life.
What was your favorite course and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it?
My favorite course taught at Scheller was Strategy, a course I am taking in my last semester here. It has shown me a way to think creatively about solving even the most analytical of problems. It has challenged my ability to truly absorb and apply knowledge practically. The course has put the color back into a lot of black-and-white business practices that I have learned throughout my time here, and I am appreciative of both the professor and my fellow classmates for that.
What is your best piece advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller College?
My best advice would be to take an interest in your classes. Doing what it takes to score a certain grade and actively learning the material are very different approaches. One will get you the points you need and the other will grant you a broader perspective on life.
What is the biggest myth about Scheller College?
I think the biggest myth about Scheller was perpetuated by friends who were engineering students. That myth being that a Scheller degree is "easy". After 4.5 years of learning here, I can say with conviction that it is extremely challenging.
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
All of my teachers in high school were exceptional in their college preparatory endeavors. I think that with each of their respective forms of guidance, I found that business was my natural area of interest. My art teacher was actually one of my most influential mentors. He always pushed me to think outside of my comfort zone, which largely informed my decision to pursue business in college.
How did the extracurricular offerings at Scheller College help you during your time here?
The clubs and info sessions provide a support system for any area of interest you may want to explore as a business student. There’s such a far-reaching alumni network that any direction you choose to explore is possible. For me, the connections at Scheller formed through clubs and activities (such as the Georgia Tech Marketing Association) made a lot of niche networking opportunities possible.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
I was involved in a lot of my own creative entrepreneurial endeavors throughout my time at Tech. My business education really impacted my photography and creative consulting projects. Mostly, I think this showed through in how I conducted business and carried myself. I was always prepared to work like an adult while thinking like a student.
Did you end up working or interning for one of your top choice companies?
No, but I realized where my passion lies. And for me, that is the most important thing I could have gained from my college experience. I feel extremely lucky.
Did you travel abroad during your time at Scheller? What were some of your key takeaways from the experience?
I studied abroad twice while at Scheller. My first experience was with the Oxford Program during my first summer. I will never forget the teachers who taught and led us through Europe. I could tell they were enamored with everything about what they taught, and the entire experience ignited my hunger for travel and knowledge of cultures outside my own.
My second experience was at Universita Bocconi in Milan. I took the opportunity to immerse myself in adventure and studies, and found that they fostered a tremendous environment of personal growth. I took a keen interest in a course called ‘Management of Luxury Companies’ and began meeting with my professor outside of class to discuss the fashion industry. Before long I was tutoring her children in English, and she became my mentor as I pursued my interest in fashion.
As a result of both my experiences abroad, I learned a lot about myself and how I interpret the world around me and tried to apply a more open minded approach to my life as a student when I returned.
If I hadn’t gone to business school…"
If I hadn't gone to business school, I would be an artist.
Photography, writing, improvisational theatre, old films, and horseback riding.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
To have work published in The New Yorker and to live abroad.
In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
That I was a different flavor of a Tech student, but a Ramblin’ Wreck nonetheless!