When Julianne Donoghue ’14 arrived at NC State as a freshman, she planned to earn a degree in business administration and work in marketing. She never imagined herself becoming a teacher.
Carrie Farley ’00 arrived at NC State expecting to graduate as an engineer. But instead of sitting in front of a computer screen writing code, she’s traveling the world.
Amanda Cannon ‘17 was the kind of high school student who was curious about everything. While one interest – the music industry – stood out among the rest, Cannon doubted its potential to evolve into a “real” career. While she began college in Exploratory Studies (formerly known as the First Year College), NC State’s home for freshmen undecided about a major, by the end of that first year, she declared a business administration major with a concentration in marketing.
Greg Mulholland’s name has a permanent spot in Park Scholarships lore, in great part due to his role in co-founding the Krispy Kreme Challenge. When asked how the experience of starting a running-and-donut-eating charity race helped prepare him for launching his own business, he offered the following insights.
Reflecting on his career choice, Jon Clemmons ‘08, who earned an undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in finance, recalled a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it.’” “After completing an internship with a financial firm and another with a minor league baseball team,” Clemmons said, “it was time to decide which road I was going to take. It was either pursue the business side of baseball, or
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Although Park Scholars’ backgrounds and interests are widely varied, many alumni have found a home at Deloitte. Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, enterprise risk, and financial advisory services for many of the largest companies in the world, including many of the Fortune 500.
Career-savvy college graduates recognize that one must embrace both challenges and opportunities to achieve professional fulfillment. One such young alumnus was Daniel Malechuk ‘03, who graduated with a business management major and a Spanish minor and has spent the past eleven years clambering up the corporate ladder.
Shaunis Mercer ’02 explored several majors before landing in NC State’s College of Management, where she completed a degree in business management. Although she concentrated in human resource management, Mercer said she enjoyed the diverse curriculum the college offered. Years later, when starting her own law firm, and in her current role overseeing juvenile defenders, she fully realized the value of her undergraduate coursework.
Being both a Division I athlete and a Park Scholar could be daunting for a freshman, but not for varsity cheerleader Mikayla Raleigh ’17. A young master of the art of time management, Raleigh is making the most of her collegiate experience.
Vance Whitaker ‘03, an assistant professor at the University of Florida, graduated from NC State with degrees in horticultural science and agricultural business management. He now has what might be the sweetest job on earth: he breeds strawberries.