When I graduated high school early, I decided to enroll in The Clarkson School rather than take a year off. I wanted to give myself a competitive advantage. I’ve always been interested in the business world and the way businesses operate so I decided to major in Global Supply Chain Management and minor in Project Management and Law Studies. I’m fascinated by micromanagement principles and also interested in legal disputes. In fact, I’m considering applying to law school.

While I thought I’d transfer to a different university after my first year, I decided to stay at Clarkson and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life. Clarkson has a lot of opportunities and I’m very involved on campus. Right now, I’m a member of the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. I serve as Vice President of the Panhellenic Council and am in charge of the Council’s judicial board. One of my roles as vice president is coordinating the recruitment season, setting recruitment rules and making sure they’re followed. I’m also a Clarkson Intercultural Ambassador, where I work to promote cultural awareness across campus, and an active member of the Black Student Alliance.

"...I see myself returning to academia – possibly even here at Clarkson – and become a professor after I’ve gained a few decades of experience in my chosen field."

Usonwanneka Nicole Onyia '19

Last semester, I interned with the Marketing and Public Relations Department and this semester, I’m interning with the Human Resources and Diversity Departments. These internships really apply what I’m learning in the classroom and have taught me so much about how successful businesses are run and how each department plays an integral role in that success.

My professors have been really terrific in answering any extra questions I have in class or outside of class – they really try to provide as much support as you need. One of my favorite classes is Global Sourcing & Supply Chain Design. This class is challenging, but also incredibly engaging because the professor uses real world examples and illustrates how these skills are applicable to my future career. I also really enjoy my Introduction to Gender course because it discusses gender dynamics and shows how current society came about – from both historical and cultural lenses. 

While I might go to law school and possibly become a corporate lawyer, I also want to work in sourcing or logistics – preferably in a warmer climate! Either way, I see myself returning to academia – possibly even here at Clarkson – and become a professor after I’ve gained a few decades of experience in my chosen field.  Overall, I’d say that Clarkson faculty and staff really try to get you to achieve whatever it is you want to do.

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