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Christine Nguyen '15 - Staples
Christine Nguyen has a dream - to become a successful business woman working for a Fortune 500 company. And she believes the experience she received both inside and outside the classroom at Curry College makes that dream more of a reality every day.
After graduating in 2015, she immediately landed a position as a Central Buyer at Wayfair. Christine's job was to expand and increase product selection by identifying new products to sell on their business website, described as 'an online destination for a "zillion things home"'®, establishing and managing relationships with new external vendors.
"Curry prepared me for this position in many ways. My four internships prepared me more than I believe anyone or anything else could have. That real world, hands-on experience I gained two years before starting my first job right out of college made me more prepared, experienced, and ready to hit the ground running," she says.
Christine then moved on to become a Product Specialist for Staples in 2016.
The business management major from Maine thrived at her various internships while at Curry, the first one with The Rockport Company, a subsidiary of Reebok International Ltd., whose Canton, Massachusetts headquarters are located right down the road from Curry College's Milton campus.
After completing her first semester at Rockport as an internal communications/social media intern, Christine was quickly promoted to U.S. trade marketing brand/creative services intern.
"I can't stress enough how amazing it was to have an opportunity to gain real world experience in the business world while still in school, especially at a company as well-known as Reebok. And I wasn't just sitting on the sidelines and observing; some of my responsibilities included supporting the U.S. Trade Marketing Team, attending photo shoots, working with our products during go-to-market roll outs, and much more."
Nguyen would eventually land several other internships, including one as a communications intern at Dunkin' Brands (parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin' Robbins).
"Internships give you the opportunity to get all of the business basics down - email etiquette, phone experience, how to give a proper hand shake, maintaining good eye contact, how to work with Microsoft Excel and Outlook, overall professionalism, etc.," recalls Christine. "After my first week at Wayfair my manager had already commented on how nice it was that he didn't have to teach me the basics as a new hire."
"I owe a lot to Professor Sharon Sinnott; her courses in Managerial, Leadership & Persuasion Communication were key in helping me land the job. For example, the final round of the interview process was done through Skype, which I went into with confidence knowing Professor Sinnott had prepared me for it in her class."
Outside the classroom on campus, Christine was just as busy. Along with thriving in her business management classes, she minored in communication and was very active within the campus community, serving as an admissions tour guide, a peer advisor and an executive board secretary for the Student Government Association (SGA). She was also invited to become a member of the Curry College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration.
"I chose Curry because I didn't just want to be a face in the crowd. I wanted to have those close-knit relationships with other students; I wanted to get to know my professors."
She was also elected President of the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society. Named for the famous inventor who was an early chancellor at Curry College, its purpose is to recognize and promote academic excellence through a variety of activities at Curry. Members serve as a resource for the Academic Deans and the faculty, and recommend ways the academic environment of the College can be enriched.
"I was so excited when I finally got the acceptance letter into AGB. It was something that I had been striving for since day one at Curry. It's a nice reward for doing well in classes and being so involved on campus."
But Christine admits this wasn't always the case, harkening back to her early days as a first-year student.
"I was that student - very shy and nervous to meet new people - I kept my door closed and wasn't very involved outside the classroom when I first got to Curry. But at some point, I made a conscious decision to get out of my comfort zone and started making things happen."
As a business management student facilitator she mentored first-year students in her major, helping them make the same transition she made years earlier. She not only advised students on things like better study habits and proper ways to create business presentations for class, but also guided them on the ins and outs of being a college student in general.
"Through all of the activities I was a part of, I met friends from different residence halls, majors and backgrounds. Getting out of my room and getting involved at Curry only enriched my college experience."
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