Alan Ortiz ’17 - The Liberal Arts Bridges to Business was an excellent opportunity for me to see what the business world is like. It is an excellent program full of fun and great opportunities to learn a great amount about the business world. All seven weeks were a great experience and I will definitely recommend it to as many people as I possibly can next year. Throughout the seven weeks I had many challenges to overcome and a great amount of work to do, but it was exciting work and I really enjoyed all the tasks that I had in hand, because I was able to work on many of my weak spots. I was challenged to think critically everyday and I got to talk to many extremely successful alums.
There were many great experiences throughout the seven weeks, but my personal favorite was when we visited JMI and met with Wes Zirkel ’98. He talked to us about the business side of marketing and how lawyers are extremely involved in marketing deals. He also showed us the sexy side of marketing and I was extremely impressed by what he does. I also enjoyed his stories about all of the work experience that he had and everything that he has done throughout the years. I was extremely impressed by all of his achievements and all that he has done at such a young age. At JMI we also got to see many exotic cars, which I thought, were really cool!
The last week of the LABB program we presented our consulting project. This was a project that we had been working on for about 5 weeks. My group suggested to incorporate a new system called EMS. I thought that our presentation was a great one and even though I did not have the chance to present I think that our work paid off. In conclusion I would like to say that doing this program was something that has really helped me in being a more educated individual in the business world, and I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment and our teacher Roland Morin ’91 for putting this internship together and allowing us to have this great opportunity.