As part of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Countdown to Commencement series, we interviewed a few soon-to-be graduates from our Undergraduate program to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose Scheller, and what they plan to do after the Fall 2020 commencement.
Meet Jennifer Sei, a fifth-year student graduating in December with an information technology management (ITM) concentration.
Where are you from?
I am from Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Who most influenced your decision to pursue business in college?
My mom influenced me to pursue business in college after telling me that I would enjoy business because I enjoy talking and engaging with others.
Why did you choose Scheller College of Business?
I chose Scheller because of the school’s unique position of being a business school at a technical university. Graduating with a BSMS from Georgia Tech has opened a ton of doors I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
What concentration did you pursue and why? How has this helped prepare you for your future?
I chose Information Technology Management with certificates in marketing and business analytics. I decided to concentrate in ITM with a certificate in marketing and business analytics because it’s a perfect blend of my interests in marketing and technology. Having a degree in ITM gives me the opportunity to have a tech focus while still pursuing a business degree.
Where did you intern/co-op during school?
Throughout my college experience, I’ve interned at NCR, PwC, and Accenture .
Where will you be working after graduation?
I am excited to continue my career at Accenture in the Atlanta office.
Who was your favorite professor (and why)?
Professor Hackett is my favorite professor at Tech because he is a professor that truly cares about his students’ well-being. His class, Strategic Brand Management, taught me interesting and relevant information while also teaching me applicable skills that I could use in the professional world.
What was your favorite course (and what was the biggest insight you gained about business from it)?
The marketing practicum with Professor Buchanan is my favorite course that I took at Scheller. In the class, I worked on a semester-long project with Salesforce. The biggest insight I gained about business is how to develop and create professional relationships with the people you work with.
As a business student in the heart of Tech Square, how do you think Scheller College embodies the intersection of business and technology?
I think Scheller is a perfect example of a business school that is constantly innovating and incorporating the necessary technology knowledge that presides in the world currently. Scheller provides its students with a technical background along with business acumen to prepare them for the growing influences of technology in the business world.
What activities were you involved with on or off campus, and did your business education impact those activities in any way?
During my college experience, I was involved with FASET, SGA, FreShGA, GTMA (Georgia Tech Marketing Association), and Phi Mu. My business education taught me public speaking and communication skills are needed to succeed in these activities.
How did the Scheller College undergraduate career education program assist you with your job efforts? Did you end up working or interning for one of your top choice companies?
I think one of the biggest skills Scheller teaches you is how to work on group projects and how to communicate effectively. These skills granted me the opportunity to land the internships I did throughout my college career and helped me land a job at my top choice company.
Did you participate in any hands-on/experiential learning opportunities? If yes, which projects/companies did you work with and how did you help them?
For my marketing practicum class, I worked as a consultant for the Pardot Product Marketing team at Salesforce. My team and I created media specific deliverables such as a media industry page on the Pardot website, a first call deck, a webinar, blog post, sales play, and enablement resources.
What is your best piece of advice to an applicant hoping to get into Scheller College?
My biggest piece of advice for those interested in Scheller is to not stress about what field of business you want to focus on. Business is such a broad topic, and you’ll eventually end up finding a niche in business that interests you the most.
What is the biggest myth about Scheller College?
I think the biggest myth about Scheller is that the courses are easy. With each major, there are certain courses that come easy to some but may be a little harder for others. Business courses utilize a different way of approaching and solving problems, and it teaches different skills that are extremely useful in the real-world.
Fun fact about yourself:
I am left-handed but play a lot of sports with my right hand.
My hobbies are photography, videography, and trying out new restaurants.
If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be a....
An industrial engineer.
What are the top two items on your bucket list?
I would love to ride a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey and eat at the Hawker Stalls in Singapore.
In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you?
I would like to be remembered as someone who cared about those around her and did her best to ensure that the people she interacted with always felt welcomed.