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Business Bobcat Q&A: Jack Melick

Friday, January 8 2016 12:00am

Meet Jack Melick, who loves the Schey Sales Centre, finance, and Zoe!

Name: Jack Melick

Major(s): Finance, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, and a Sales Certificate

Class year: 2017

Why did you choose Ohio University? : I was going to go to another school and switched my decision at the last minute switched because I was attracted to the Honors Program. That was the best decision I’ve ever made.

How did you choose your major(s)? : My father and grandfather were brokers, so I’ve always been interested in finance. I’ve also always been a natural entrepreneur. The others interests just sort of fell into place once I got here.

How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs added to your education? : It’s almost as important as academics. I’m the director of recruitment for the Schey Sales Centre, as well as a leader in my fraternity. Being involved makes sure you put what you learn in the classroom into practice, so it’s really important.

What experiences have you had with the College of Business Centers of Excellence? : I’m involved in the Schey Sales Centre, and have had leadership roles the past few years. This year I’ll be the director of recruitment, and previously I worked with corporate relations. As director of corporate relations, I was the liaison between the Centre and companies. The role gave me applicable experience because I was basically doing what I would be doing in the real world.

What is your favorite class in the College of Business and why? : My favorite class so far was Accounting 1010 with Dr. Kirch. He truly cares about all of his students; one-on-one meetings were no problem. The learning environment in that classroom really affirmed why I chose Ohio University.

How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? : It’s done wonders for me. I’ve always enjoyed academics and done well. Being in the College of Business, I’ve been able to truly make myself into the young adult I want to be, now and in the future.

Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? How so? : I feel 110% ready to go. If I graduated tomorrow, I think I would be amazing. While it’s great to have two additional two years, even after my freshman year I felt prepared. I’m currently interning for Apple, and truly feel like I can go head to head with students who brag about going to certain schools. We have the same caliber of students here at the College of Business.

What are your career goals, and how did you figure out what you wanted to do? : As of right now, my end goal is to be a venture capitalist. I plan on starting out as a stockbroker and then branching out.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? : Copeland Hall. If I’m not studying in Copeland, I’m usually at a coffee house doing some work.

What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? : When we’re not crazy busy with homework, we usually explore the town. Usually someone comes up with a fun idea; there’s always something fun to do.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? : I’m always a sucker for Zoe. 

What do you like best about living in Athens? : Whether you know them or not, everyone bends over backwards to help you. A few days ago, I was carrying my groceries up the stairs and strangers asked me if I needed a hand. That says a lot.

Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? : For the opportunities they give to their students. You can jump in as a leader and truly grow yourself academically and personally. The leadership opportunities here are unbelievable.