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Tessa Opalka, Marketing ’16

Tessa Opalka

After attending the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition at Michigan State University, Tessa Opalka (BA Marketing ’16) knew that her search for a business school had ended.

“Because I had already decided to major in business, after visiting MSU’s campus, I just knew I had to go to MSU and the Broad College of Business. Getting involved with Multicultural Business Programs has assured me that I have made the right choice in attending Michigan State.”

Tessa Opalka’s desire to study business sparked in high school. She was a member of the Business Professionals of America and participated in the Summer Business Institute the summer before her freshman year of college. Opalka said the Summer Business Institute was a great opportunity.

“Although the busy program was somewhat intimidating at first, the skills they taught us at the program are still so beneficial to my college and professional careers,” she said. “Also, getting involved with MBP before even beginning school was awesome. I could not have accomplished half of the things I have here at Michigan State without the continuous support of MBP.”

In addition to her involvement with Multicultural Business Programs, Opalka is on the executive board for Native American and Hispanic Business Students (NAHBS). As the Community Service Chair for NAHBS, Opalka participates in events to serve Latino and Native American populations in Michigan.

“[These] events give me the opportunity to be a role model for these populations and use my experiences to help minority students realize their full potential,” Opalka said. “Being a member of NAHBS is one of the best opportunities I have had since beginning my freshman year. Not only is the organization preparing me for my professional career, but it is also my home away from home. The advisers, executive boards, and members are such an awesome network of support, and we all work to improve each other (while having fun too!).”

Opalka plans to major in marketing because it is a field that allows her “to be both creative and analytic at the same time.” She has gained valuable experience in her field through her job as a student market researcher at the International Business Center. As a part of the Michigan Export Growth Program (MEGP), Opalka works in small teams to conduct market research for Michigan companies considering exporting their products overseas.

“Working for MEGP has been an awesome learning experience. Not only have I gotten a chance to develop my teamwork skills, but I have also been able to improve upon my leadership, research, analytical, and writing skills. I have been given the opportunity to participate in conference calls and work with businesses across the state to help them achieve their goals,” Opalka said.

After graduation, Opalka plans to pursue her master’s degree before accepting a full-time job. She is confident that by the time she is ready to begin her career, the Broad College will have well prepared her.

“Through both my job and MBP, I have been able to develop important skill sets that will be crucial once I enter the corporate world.”

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