Tegan Rush: Marketing Major
Going to USI has always been something that Tegan Rush knew he would do. As a
boy, he spent a lot of free time tooling around campus on his bike. These trips
always involved a visit to the campus bookstore to visit his mother and the
staff. USI was like a second home.
With a natural aptitude for math and desire to work with people, Rush began
studying to be a math teacher. However he was open to explore other options. One of his long-time family
friends at the bookstore suggested that his natural talent for working with
people would suit him for a career in marketing.
"The Marketing professors really make the class," said Rush.
"Both Dr. Choe and Dr. Shields do a good job making the class
entertaining and educational. Outside of class, they are so easy to talk to."
Rush stresses that the College of Business has a family
atmosphere. "All of the faculty members will help you even if your major is not in their
discipline. They are happy to be here at USI and it shows."
Rush also acts as captain of USI's club sport, Ultimate Frisbee.
"I had dabbled around with it in middle school and loved it. Once I got
out here, someone from the bookstore told me there was a team here at USI, and
the rest is history," said Rush. "There are all sorts of people on the team with
all different majors. Ultimate Frisbee has no refs and few written rules. The
players play like gentlemen with good sportsmanship. Practice helps with team building
which leads into the business skills of leadership, communication, and cooperation." The team travels all around the region
and South competing in tournaments.
Going into his senior year, Rush looks forward to working on class projects and
networking with other business professionals. "I am learning
so much in the Career Planning and Professional Development class. This
class brings in CEOs and upper level management from
local business and industry to help us prepare for life after graduation.
A lot of these people are USI alumni. Right now, we
are learning about resume key words, how to make contacts, and important business
etiquette I would never have learned these elsewhere. It is very beneficial."
In less than a year, Rush will be leaving his familiar home and heading out into
the wide world to find a job. He knows he will have a large USI network of
family and friends that have prepared him to step outside of
his comfort zone and away from home.
Story by Barbara Goodwin
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