Majoring in supply chain management at the KU School of Business
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Majoring in supply chain management at the KU School of Business


I remember my freshman year when I figured out I wanna study supply chain, I went home I said, “Mom, Dad, I’m majoring in supply chain!” And they go, “So, you’re just going to drive a forklift around? You’re just going to be in a warehouse all day?” And I’m like, “No, no, no.” There’s all sorts of supply chain, no matter what you do. You can be in a corporate setting, where you’re in a 100-story building, wearing a suit, doing the kind of finance, analytical part of it, or if you do like the manufacturing environment, you can pivot toward that and be like in an aerospace, oil field kind of environment. What I like about supply chain is how it’s organized and there’s a process and you’re going in and trying to find the best way to do that process. And the club has been probably the most instrumental thing to like why I’m so involved in supply chain here at KU. We’ve visited Amazon headquarters, which was really cool because we talk about Amazon all the time in class. We went to an Amazon fulfillment center there as well, which was cool because you learn how a fulfillment center works and the process in a textbook, and then you go into it and you see it. And then that was kind of the click. And it’s allowed me to study abroad, which is very unique to KU, I’ve kind of figured out over the years, is that not a whole lot of universities have a supply chain study abroad program available. I was in Hong Kong for six months, and so during my six months, I only had classes on Monday and Tuesday, so I was able to travel throughout the whole week. It was probably one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I think with supply chain you can sort of pivot toward either a career in logistics, procurement, or supply chain with a little bit of finance and do the more data analytic type of work. So with my internship at Koch Industries , I was a procurement financial analyst. So I was working with the supply chain department but using a lot of my finance courses that tied in together. It just gives you a good opportunity to know about everything and what I like about it is that I can really go into any industry, and I can have a number of different roles. So I worked at Kansas City SmartPort and even though I was doing marketing things, I was talking to people who have warehouses and distribution centers and fulfillment centers in the Kansas City region. It was all supply chain-focused, and I think it takes a little bit of time for someone to be able to know the supply chain lingo and to know all the things to talk about. That’s kind of where the supply chain part came in to play. So I have experience in economic development, 3PL [third-party logistics], and transportation, just coming from two internships. Being a product of the KU b-school is gonna help me throughout the rest of my life, and I think I’m ready to tackle whatever job comes my way.

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