Valerie Busch ’20 came to Dickinson almost by accident, but she was quick to make her mark on campus. She now studies international business & management with interests in the connections between business principles and psychology. She came back to campus as a sophomore following a summer spent interning with a financial firm in New York City.
Clubs and organizations:
Club Soccer, Idea Fund, Homework Club teacher (YWCA) and teaching assistant.
On choosing Dickinson:
Interestingly, I found Dickinson in October of my senior year, when applications were almost due. When my mom suggested I visit, after passing through the campus for my brother’s game, I drove down that same weekend; immediately after the visit, I went home and wrote my application. The beautiful campus, genuine people, small class sizes and many more factors drew me into loving the college. After going to three acceptance days, I felt completely right here and knew it was the right place for me.
The Shawshank Redemption.
Favorite place on campus:
Red chairs on Morgan Field.
Favorite Dining Hall food:
Parmesan chicken and rice.
Favorite class/learning experience:
My favorite class so far is International Organizational Behavior, an international business & management course, because it is all about how individuals and groups affect organizations and how the organizations can improve through different processes. I think it is very interesting, because it combines business principles and psychology, showing a true relationship between both subjects.
I hope to travel around the world.
As a kid, I wanted to be . . .
. . . a detective or a marine biologist.
My grandma had the biggest influence in my life. She taught me to be a very positive woman, to always work hard and always give it my all, no matter the situation. Her selfless attitude inspires me every day, and I strive to be a better person through her influences.
If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be…
. . . Shonda Rhimes.
On my internship:
I interned at Lee, Nolan & Koroghlian LLC, a financial firm in New York City that sells health insurance products. The job required me to make spreadsheets, phone calls, sales illustrations and many more office tasks. I learned how to communicate to professionals over the phone and face-to-face. I spent most of my day talking to professionals for different reasons, which gave me a lot of experience talking to strangers about complex information, thus strengthening my skills and increasing my confidence.
In a perfect world . . .
. . . starvation would never exist and no one would be homeless.
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Published December 19, 2017