Invite a half-dozen undergrads in the Howe School to host a panel discussion, and you get more than a classroom perspective. You get entrepreneurs, world travelers and, perhaps most important, plenty who already have come to terms with employers for jobs or internships.
For the more than 100 high school guidance counselors attending the recent Shrimp Fest event, the variety of student experiences gave them something to chew on besides seafood.
The event offered those counselors an evening of shrimp and wine, paired with the main course — a chance to hear from students as to why they chose Stevens to study business.
For finance major Daniela Cardona, it was a case of love at first sight.
“I really wanted to come here,” said Cardona, a freshman. “I didn’t want to go to a business school just for business. I wanted to come here because I knew I’d be in the perfect school to take a tech-based minor, or even a double major.”
That was a familiar story for students on the panel. Junior Marques Brownlee, who runs MKBHD, a business producing highly popular tech videos hosted on YouTube, said the technology focus Howe brings to business is relevant to how he builds his company’s brand, particularly as he starts taking courses at the core of his business and technology major.
“The classes help out a lot,” Brownlee said, mentioning the Social Networks: A Marketing Perspective course he took in the fall. “Having classes that will take situations from the real world and bring it down to the classroom level is very valuable.” Brownlee’s channel recently attracted its 1 millionth follower.
Students also talked about the location of the campus. Genevieve Finn — founder of the nonprofit Genevieve’s Crutches — said she “wakes up to the city skyline every day; it’s just incredible.”
Shrimp Fest offers Stevens a chance to showcase undergraduate programs for guidance counselors, who can then better inform high school students about the opportunities provided to students. Dr. Ann Murphy, associate dean of undergraduate studies for the Howe School, discussed the expansion of Howe’s undergraduate business offerings in the past few years, following an introduction and welcome from Dr. Gregory Prastacos, dean of the Howe School.
The school’s programs are distinct, Murphy said, because of a focus on technology; rigorous studies that focus on practical applications; and the campus’ Hoboken location, close to industries of every flavor.
“If you look at the successful companies today … those companies all have leveraged their success through technology,” she said. Many of those companies, like UBS, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, also visit the campus to give guest lectures and hire Howe graduates, Murphy said.