University of Minnesota

Business and Marketing Education Student Profile

Name: Katie Stoltmann
Anticipated Graduation Year:

Katie Stoltmann

How and why did you choose your major?

I knew I wanted to be a business major, but I was not sure exactly what I wanted. I discussed with my adviser and decided on BME because it is so broad that I can really take it anywhere. I also liked that it had a Marketing aspect, because I was interested in that major as well. After several meetings with my adviser and evaluating what I truly wanted to do, I decided to declare my BME major.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

My favorite class is any class as Frank Plachecki as my instructor. [Product Management, Teaching Marketing Promotion] Within the major, you learn a lot about the importance of Customer Service (CRM), Sales, etc. The major is so broad that you learn so much about business because the classes cover a variety of topics which gives me a more well-rounded experience in the field of business.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

I got my first internship the summer after my Sophomore year; I was the Retail Operations Intern for one of the professional baseball teams. I learned a lot and I was able to work closely with the Retail Buyer. I also am part of the CEHD Undergraduate Student Board (CEHD USB) where I am a part of the Marketing team and utilize what skills I have learned from classes and my internship and apply it to this club.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

BME is a great major where I have gotten great advice from some amazing professors, smaller class sizes, and lots of group work which gives you the ability to network and go out and have informational interviews. My biggest advice that I would tell students is to get an internship as early as possible and to also network yourself and go to as many Career Fairs as you can; after I started to really try and network with companies, my classes are even more meaningful to me because I am really starting to understand the business world. Also, don't be afraid to ask BME Advisor Don Riley anything; he is a great adviser and always willing to help you out.

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