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Business Bobcat Q&A: Rachael Pinney

Wednesday, March 22 2017 12:00am

Learn why Rachael chose to major in MIS and what she likes best about living in Athens.

Name: Rachael Pinney    Rachael Pinney Headshot

Major(s): MIS & Business Analytics

Class Year: 2018

Why did you choose Ohio University?:

I actually cancelled another college-visit to see OU and completely fell in love with the school. It was the worst day of winter in Athens and I still fell in love with how beautiful the campus was. Everyone was so welcoming and I was pleased to see that everyone was so passionate about what they were studying or involved in.

How did you choose your major(s)?:

I love how challenging the MIS major is because I’m not used to thinking so analytically. The classes here teach you how to use different applications and software, so it’s cool learning new programs and then using them on your own. I’m currently in a coding class, and it’s really pushed me to practice more problem-solving techniques when the code doesn’t run properly.

How has your involvement in student organizations/select programs added to your education?:

I focus the majority of my time with two organizations. One is Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity on campus. We can mentor and help younger members grow professionally and personally, and it’s a great way to connect with people. I actually landed my past internship with the help of another Delta Sigma Pi brother. I’m also involved in Select Leaders where I help coordinate volunteer opportunities for our members. Over the past year, we have grown a strong relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio and worked on builds together for families in need. Through Select, I have become more confident in myself as a leader and learned not to avoid my weaknesses. Select has taught me to not be afraid to make mistakes, but to learn and grow from them instead.

What was your favorite class in the College of Business?:

I loved MIS 2800, Information Management. You really learn how to develop and use databases, which pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Dr. House was an amazing professor and I really look up to her as a woman in MIS. I liked the challenge that this class provided me.

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

There are so many great faculty members in the College of Business. This past year, I’ve been working on a research project with Dr. Fox, Dr. Matta, and Dr. Frost. I meet with them one to two times a week where we collaborate and discuss the progresses of our research, and they’ve all had a huge impact on me. Through this, I’ve grown immensely and have learned to push myself as a researcher. They’re all incredibly approachable professors and have been great mentors to me, both professionally and personally.

How has the College of Business shaped you as a student?:

The Walter Center for Strategic Leadership and Select Leaders has made me more confident when presenting in class and participating. I want to be the best student possible by pushing myself to take hold of every opportunity given. I am confident and raise my hand more because of my experiences in these programs.

Do you feel prepared to enter the workforce?:

I feel more prepared than I would have anticipated being a junior in college. OHIO does such a good job preparing you for what’s next. There are a variety of workshops put on by the college every semester to help prepare you and the organizations I am involved in have helped me a great deal, as well.

What are your career goals?:

In the future, I’d like to work in a city like New York or San Francisco, preferably in a technology-focused role. Being an MIS major, I’m aiming for a position in business analytics that’ll allow me to expand my analytical skills. Eventually, I’d love to go back to school and become a professor.

Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus/in Athens?:

I love Donkey Coffee. It’s a great place to study and engage in conversation.

What do you and your friends do for fun on campus?:

My friends and I like to hang out together or see movies at the Athena on Court Street. When the weather is nice, we’ll walk around campus or go to Strouds together.

What is your favorite thing to eat on campus/in Athens?:

Banana French toast from Union Street Diner is my favorite. My friends and I go there all the time. It has the diner feel with good food for a great price.

What do you like best about living in Athens?:

Athens is beautiful. There’s really only one Athens, Ohio. The people here are so nice, and you cant find this type of environment or sense of community anywhere else. Every time I meet someone outside of Athens who goes to OHIO, I have an immediate connection with them.

Why should a prospective student consider Ohio University’s College of Business?:

The professors here really want you to grow and influence you in a positive way. They’re all very approachable and care about your success, both professionally and personally. You will always feel that you have a strong Bobcat support system here.