By Hally Darnell
Back in January of 2017, Poets & Quants reached out to top undergraduate business programs for nominees it could consider for its list, “The Best and Brightest Business Majors – Class of 2017.” As a top 15 public program, Broad College of Business combed through its roster of esteemed undergraduates to nominate for the national recognition.
Choosing just two students to put forth was no easy feat, but Kari Jurewicz (BA Accounting ’17, MS Accounting ’18) and James Carlstedt (Accounting ’17) stood out amongst the rest for their “academic excellence, extracurricular leadership, personal character, innate potential, striking personal narrative, and overall impact on the program,” and both made the Poets & Quants list.
“This is a first look at some of the leaders who’ll be shaping the discussions and decisions around business in the coming decades,” says John A. Byrne, founder and editor of Poets & Quants. “They are already so informed, creative, and versatile. I can’t wait to see what they do after they graduate.”
Along with excelling academically, Jurewicz is the president of Broad’s Student Senate, and is a student teaching assistant for Principles of Financial Accounting 201, amongst others. Jurewicz will immediately enroll in Broad’s MS in Accounting program. She has already been offered a full-time role in the R&D and Government Incentives Tax Department at Deloitte, which she will begin in 2018 post-graduation.
“Kari Jurewicz was without a doubt one of the most invaluable students in our 2017 class at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University,” says Professor Kathy Petroni. “Kari embraced the spirit that ‘Spartans Will!’ by standing out in multiple ways.”
Carlstedt is the one of the first Michigan State students to have received a full-time offer with Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division. As a student at Broad, he is president of the Student Investment Association of MSU and he co-founded the Student Consulting Group, in which he now holds the position of director of finance. He spoke at MSU President Lou Anna Simon’s football game day brunch in the fall, and has been recognized at the university level as the recipient of the Arthur Carter Award, the Doeren Mayhew Scholarship, the Financial Markets Institute’s Cosper Scholarship, and the Sandra Pruente Memorial Scholarship.
“Jamie is one of the most incredible students I’ve met in my 20+ years at the Broad College,” says Helen Dashney, director of the Financial Markets Institute. “A top-performing student, he is committed to setting stretch goals and surpassing them.”
The “Best & Brightest Business Majors” is the first of a three-part series recognizing the top business students. In May, Poets & Quants will unveil its 100 “Best & Brightest MBAs”; in June, it will honor the “Best & Brightest Executive MBAs”; starting in August, Poets & Quants will continue its series featuring the top incoming full-time MBA students at more than 40 leading business schools.