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 Spring 2022 commencement.
Meet Lorenz Wilke, who is graduating with a concentration in leadership and organizational change.
Where are you from?
Where did you attend high school?
Landmark Christian School
What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business?
The most successful businesses are not stone-cold organizations focused solely on profit, but are organizations focused on both innovation and the well-being of their employees.
What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field?
Scheller is the happiest place on campus. Work hard and you’ll be surprised at all you can achieve.
As a business student in the heart of Tech Square, how do you think Scheller embodies the intersection of business and technology?
Scheller encourages and requires students to become adept in not only business but also in computing skills and technological knowledge.
What was your favorite business course?
I loved “Operations Management” due to the encouragement of the professor and use of real-world examples to learn.
Who is your favorite professor?
There are too many to choose just one, I can honestly say I have never disliked any of my professors. The top few are Professors Tatiana Rudchenko, Arn Rubinoff, Andre Calmon, and Jessica Li.
What has surprised you most about majoring in business at Scheller?
The investment of professors in their students compared to the other majors and those of other schools is as different as night and day.
What were some of your extracurricular activities, community work, and leadership roles during college?
I was involved in leadership roles in Campus Christian Fellowship, vice president of the Combatives Club, leadership roles in Army ROTC, a coach for middle and high school wrestling, vice president of the Cadet Association, volunteer at Bearings Bike Shop, and I also started a business.
Which academic, extracurricular, or personal achievement are you most proud of?
Starting my business, Classic Custom Nutrition.
Where will you be working after graduation?
I will be a 2nd lieutenant in the Army as an infantry officer, as well as working on my business.
Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why?
I would have started as a business major in my freshman year to be less rushed in my class load and be around Scheller more.
Which classmate do you most admire?
Mark Teixeira, for returning to get his degree and for meeting with me multiple times to give advice and guidance on my business.
Who would you most want to thank for your success?
My parents, for their constant support.
What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?
Build my business to a level where I can work there full-time.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I have been to all 50 states.