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Business Bobcat Q&A: Hailey Hess

Thursday, February 12 2015 12:00am

After visiting a friend in Athens, marketing senior Hailey Hess left the city life for OHIO's beautiful campus. Find out why this Business Bobcat has loved her decision to transfer.

Name: Hailey Hess

Major(s): Marketing

Minor(s) or Certificate(s): Sales

Class year: Senior, Graduating 2015

Why did you choose Ohio University? : I transferred here during my freshman year because the school I originally attended was a small art school in Boston. The city life and small school did not suit me. I visited one of my friends here and found the campus to be inviting and beautiful. The people were also very friendly and approachable, so I decided to transfer and I’ve loved it ever since.

 How did you choose your major(s)? : Since I was originally planning to major in Photography, I wanted a creative career path. However, I also wanted stable career opportunities. Marketing was the best of both worlds as there are a variety of job opportunities, creative paths, and a guarantee of finding a job.

How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs (OUSEMG, Select Leaders, etc.) added to your education? : I am involved with the Schey Sales Centre, which has allowed me to continue sales education outside of the classroom. I am also on the Executive Board for University Program Council. This leadership position has allowed me to gain valuable leadership experiences, plan events for all students, and learn how to manage time between school work and extra-curricular activities. Finally, I am a student leader at Boyd Dining Hall, which has given me experiences in managing peers, which will be relevant to my career as I will be a manager at Target, where I will have to manage individuals who are my peers and much older than I am. Not only have all of these added to my educational experience, but also helped me to meet new people that I would not have met otherwise.

 What kind of real-world experience did you get from your internship? : I have interned for two organizations. The first was [local newspaper] the Athens Messenger, which gave me real world selling experience. While working there, I was given specific projects to work on, such as the Athens County Visitors’ Guide, and had to sell advertisements to a variety of companies in the Athens area. This taught me how to successfully cold call and interact with buyers. My second internship was with Target, which was a management internship. Here, I learned about a major retailer’s daily functions, best practices, and how to manage individuals in different areas of the store. I was also offered a job upon graduation which I accepted.

 What is your favorite class in the College of Business? : My favorite class so far has been Marketing 4780 because it deals with selling through the use of technology, which is relevant in our ever evolving society.

 Which College of Business mentor/faculty/staff member has had a positive influence on your education? : Raj Agnihotri

 How has your College of Business experience shaped you as a student? : The College of Business has allowed me to have a broad and extensive education for many areas of business. For example, I have had classes in MIS, Finance, Management, and more. This has allowed me to understand areas of business other than my own, which will ultimately help me to understand and interact with employees in other parts of companies that I will work for. The challenges from my curriculum have also helped me to become a more dedicated student and to stop procrastinating on projects and assignments in order to do my best work.

 Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce? : Yes

 What are your career goals? : At this point, I plan to work for Target for a while and move up in their company, hopefully to a District or Group level leadership position. Later in life, I would like to open my own coffee shop once I am more established.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens? : I love Court Street Coffee because it is a local coffee shop with a great atmosphere and I like to support local businesses. It’s also right under Copeland, which makes it convenient to grab a quick coffee between classes.

 What do you and your friends do for fun on campus? : We attend most of University Program Council’s events because they are free and a great way to get to know other students.

 What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens? : Bagel Street Deli!

 What do you like best about living in Athens? : I love Athens’ character. The fact that most of our streets are still brick, labeled Athens Block, speaks to the town’s attitude. I also love that I can walk almost anywhere I need to go.

 Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business? : The College of Business provides an outstanding education. You will be challenged and will have opportunities to gain real world experience for your career choice. The COB also has multiple organizations that allow students to excel in their career, network with potential companies of interest, and learn through out of the classroom experiences.