By: Kaleigh Launsby, Business Scholar and Honors College Freshman
We live in a world of constant economic, social, and political change. As a Business Administration major, I am able to learn about each of these sectors in a single discipline of study. A business degree is an extremely practical area of study, as the curriculum provides students with a plethora of real-world experience. I had heard about the Leadership and Professional Development Program as part of the College of Business before applying to East Carolina University. This program is in place to allow students to improve upon the essential skills for success in the workplace, including leadership, communication, and professionalism.
As a Business Scholar, I have the opportunity to build long lasting relationships with the College of Business faculty and staff. Before my freshman year began, I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon where I met with professors and other students. As an incoming student, this provided me with the confidence that I needed going into the first day of classes. I have also had the opportunity to meet with College of Business Dean, Mr. Stanley Eakins on several occasions. In the fall, all business scholarship recipients were invited to a networking event and reception at Dean Eakins home. Networking events like these help business students meet current students and faculty, alumni, as well as local business owners.
An undergraduate degree in Business will allow for a smooth transition into the MBA program at East Carolina. The Business Scholars program has granted me guaranteed entry into the nationally ranked MBA program upon completion of my undergraduate degree. This will allow me to bypass the GMAT examination as an undergraduate senior. I plan to complete my MBA on the one-year fast track that East Carolina offers. The skills that I have gained so far and that I will gain in the future at East Carolina will allow me to become a desirable candidate to potential employers.