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Jenna Shenk

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Expected Graduation Year: May 2016

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Tell us about yourself:

I am the youngest of four kids and I have been a native Marylander. Growing up with three older brothers, sports has always been a huge part of my life. I played soccer year-round and swam competitively for eight years.

I graduated high school from Covenant Life School and then attended Montgomery College where I was accepted into the highly competitive Macklin Business Institute honors program. There I pursued my degree in business, played for the women’s soccer team, worked at the student-operated Starbucks, competed in numerous national business competitions, and served as the president of the Enactus entrepreneur club.

Upon completing my associates’ degree, I transferred to Stevenson University where I am now pursuing my degree in Business Information Systems as well as play midfield for the women’s soccer team.

Tell us about your experience as a first year student at Stevenson:

Transferring to Stevenson has been a huge change for me mostly because I came from a community college. However the staff and professors at Stevenson have made the transition easy as they have helped me settle in. 

How do you think Stevenson helps first year students become acclimated to the University?

I think by having small classes where the teachers really get to know the students is the best way Stevenson helps students get acclimated.

How have you become involved on campus?

I am proud to be a part of the Stevenson’s women’s soccer team. It was always a dream of mine to play four years of college soccer and I am now doing that. Additionally I am a member of the SADDLE club on campus, a female student-athlete leadership club, and I am a part of the Booz Allen Hamilton scholars program.

Why did you choose to attend SU?

I chose Stevenson because it seemed to have everything I was looking for. I could finish my degree in a hands-on program that had small class sizes and well-equipped teachers, and I could also continue playing soccer at the varsity level. The campus attracted me because it was small and easy to navigate, and I loved how close it was to downtown Baltimore.

What are your career goals?

Business is what I am passionate about, so generally put my career goals would be to work in business using my technical and creative skills. Upon graduation, I would want to work for a company as a business IT manager. After gaining experience, I would love to move on to possibly starting my own business or even switching more into the nonprofit sector.

What do you like best about SU?

I have loved my courses and how hands on and practical they have been. I feel like I am being equipped with real skills and not just sitting in lectures and reading textbooks.

What is your favorite part about your major?

I love the feeling of being on the cutting edge of business topics today by learning how to make businesses run more efficiently through the use of technology. To complete a semester and say I now have a skill that can be practically applied to any company I work for is an awesome accomplishment, it’s why I entered the major I am in today.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student at SU?

I think the biggest challenge is competing against schools like Towson and University of Maryland for internships and jobs because those are “brand name” schools. Stevenson is a little lesser known than those schools so you really have to put yourself out there.

How would you describe your experience living on campus?

Living on campus has been great so far. When I transferred here, I moved out of my house for the first time and into an apartment, so it has been quite the experience of learning how to live on my own.

I have had to learn things like that it’s now up to me to check expiration dates on food and remember to buy toilet paper. In an addition to loving the small class sizes here, I have enjoyed the short walk to class instead of battling traffic to school every day as a commuter.

So far I have had a good experience at Stevenson and I look forward to spending the next three semesters here.

What do you do for fun on the weekends?

If I am not playing soccer, I enjoy hanging out in Baltimore or spending time with my family and friends.

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