Twenty-one-year-old International Business Management senior, Stephanie Dziewit just came back to Pace from studying abroad in Paris, France. The five courses she took over the Fall semester were a whole different experience for her and many of the American students she met. “In the U.S. you would get in trouble or even sent out of the classroom for carrying on a conversation with your neighbor, but in my classrooms here it's a normal occurrence.” Sometimes the students conversations are louder than the teacher, who just keeps lecturing instead of asking the students to quiet down. Aside from classes, Stephanie had the chance to travel around all of Europe. “The greatest part about studying abroad in Europe is that airfare to any of the Western European countries is extremely cheap. I visited historical sites in the country side of France including St. Malo, Mont St. Michel, and Normandy. I also traveled out of the country to London, England, and Dublin, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany.”
Back home in the United States, Stephanie received an internship with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Like many students, Stephanie found out about the internship through the Co-Op office. She needed a job near her home in upstate New York and Enterprise was very accommodating. Three interviews later, Stephanie was placed in the Queensbury, NY office. “The more I learned the more responsibilities I was given,” says Stephanie. “Of course I had to pick up and drop off customers, but I also handled the phones which included courtesy calls to our customers and service and marketing calls.” She also got to help set up appointments with local businesses that travel a lot and even got to work on writing rental contracts. “The best part about working for this company are the co-workers,” says Stephanie. The company recruits mostly young adults recently graduated because there is a fast promotion scale which requires a person move locations in a short amount of time. Stephanie even got her internship transferred to Croton, NY, so she can work during the school year.
Stephanie will be graduating in May and is still a bit unsure of what she plans to do once she graduates. She does have a goal for the rest of the semester, however. “This is my last semester of undergraduate education, the only thing I could possibly think that I would want to accomplish is attaining a 4.0 this semester, we'll see how that goes!” As for after graduation, Stephanie plans on working, she’s just not sure of which industry she will enter. She hopes to get a job that allows her to travel.