On choosing Behrend: I wanted the Penn State degree and experience, but with smaller class sizes. I’ve been able to form great relationships will all of my professors, which I don’t think would’ve been possible at a larger school.
On the many paths of Marketing: I chose my major because it is a diverse degree that offers a lot of potential career paths, from data analysis to social media management to graphic design to sales.
MVP on the mat: My proudest accomplishment at Behrend was being a two-time MVP on the varsity wrestling team.
He’s a people guy: I enjoy putting myself out there and talking to everyone. I just love to hear about other peoples’ lives and experiences. I think my extroverted personality makes me a natural for a career in sales.
Highest priority in the coming years: First, I’d like to grow into an account managing role at Ansys Engineering Software Company, where I’ve accepted a sales position. Eventually, I want to move out of Pittburgh for a couple of years, see the country, and learn more about who I am.
Priorities, part II: My definition of a good life would be retiring at a young age so that I can spend time with my family and friends, and do something I’m really passionate about, like helping others, teaching, or mentoring.
Advice for first-year students: Put yourself out there and go to events and join clubs. Stay an extra couple of minutes after class to connect with your professors. Also, enjoy your time in college; it goes much faster than you can imagine.
Mike has accepted a position as a sales development representative with Anysys Engineering Software Company in Canonsburg.