In the fall semester of 2013, the (recently renamed) Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics opened its doors at Catholic, and coincidentally, it was my first year as a Cardinal! Previously, all business majors were housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, but because of the popularity of the majors and the growth of the programs, the School of Business and Economics was created. All of campus was abuzz about the new opportunities this could bring to students. Networking mixers and mentor programs were going to help pave the success of the students, and I counted myself lucky to be a part of it.
When I walked into my first business class at CUA, I was nervous as to what I should expect. Would my professor be a harsh grader, a stickler for the type of font I used, the kind that drones on and on? I found myself wondering if my professor would even have any recent background in my field. Walking into the lecture hall, I immediately felt intimidated by the size of the classroom. I sat in the very back row, but as soon as class started, I realized I wanted to be up front and involved in the class. My professor was the six-foot tall Andreas Widmer, a retired Swiss Guard for Pope John Paul II, who also was a successful business executive. His experience was not only unique, but the beautiful integration of his beliefs into his work as an executive is what most of Wall Street and the business world is lacking. His ability to incorporate faith and service into the business world was inspiring. I was entranced by his lectures and the way he spoke of finding our true vocation in order to let our work positively impact the world. What attracted me to the Busch School of Business and Economics as opposed to other business programs was their mission of faith and service. As students enter college and then the business world they often forget these values, and cultivating and maintaining these values is important to me.
Another great opportunity CUA afforded me was the chance to study abroad. Because I was already fluent in Spanish, I wanted to take the chance to increase my business language vocabulary, so I spent last fall in Madrid, Spain. I had the chance to study international business abroad, and I traveled to five other countries during my time there. It was the first time I was away from home for an extended period of time, but the confidence I gained from my time in Spain definitely helped me grow as a person and to set bigger goals.
Every semester, the School of Business has an air of excitement, and this fall it is the $47 million grant we received to expand to allow our current and future students to have the best resources available to them. Come May 2017, I will be a proud graduate from CUA, and I will have been tested, challenged, and strengthen by the professors of the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics, and I’m looking forward to putting all I’ve been taught into action. And to all the incoming Cardinals in the School of Business, I recommend you take MGT 218 with Mr. Widmer!
Karla is a senior International Business and Spanish double major from Aspen Hill, Maryland. During the school year, she volunteers at Beacon House to work with elementary school students on homework and as a mentor. One of her favorite parts about living in DC is visiting the Tidal Basin when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Her plans after graduation in 2017 include attending law school.