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CHASS Student of the Month – November 2011

Maria Spivey

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  • Home Town: Raleigh, NC
  • Class: Senior
  • Major(s):
    • Spanish; Business Administration
    • Minor: Psychology
  • Sample Courses:
    • Literature & Culture of Spain
    • International Marketing
    • Learning & Motivation
  • Activities:
    • Colonial Properties Trust (Morrisville, NC): Leasing Specialist, 9/10-present; Marketing Intern, 6/10-9/10
    • National Society of Collegiate Scholars: Executive Vice President 2011-12
    • Student Bridges Women’s Leadership Certificate 2011 (NCSU Women’s Center)
    • Pi Beta Phi Sorority: Vice President of Membership Development 2009-10, Scholarship Chair 2010, House Manager 2009
    • Center for Student Leadership Ethics and Public Service
    • Students Advocating for Youth (SAY)Mentor: 2007-08
  • Honors:
    • Pi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity
    • Dean’s List
  • Postgraduate Plans: Perhaps an MBA
  • Career Goals: Marketing

Why did you select CHASS?

I initially started in CHASS as a Psychology major. My mother is from Spain, and I wanted to continue strengthening my cultural background. Then I added an interest in Business, and kept Psychology as a minor. It is applicable in many situations when you need to understand attitudes and behavior.

What have you enjoyed most about CHASS?

My favorite classes have been Abnormal Psychology with Professor Ticola Caldwell and Hispanic Cinema with Dr. Jorge Mari. Dr. Deb Luckadoo, Director of Campus Activities, was my Student Bridges Mentor and also offered great guidance. I love that CHASS is so open. You are not tied to a specific career. There is flexibility that prepares you for many situations.

What advice would you give incoming students?

Get involved while you have this chance to gain knowledge and leadership skills. It absolutely helps you to get a job and perform better academically and socially. Exposure to all different people is great as well – I have met so many wonderful people through SAY and NCSC. Also, be sure to use the University Career Center resources – the database helped me to get an internship.

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