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First graduating class of Junior Execs reflects

Jun 24, 2009  
By Monica Chapman  

In its sixth year, the Junior Executive Business Program for Diverse Students annually provides minority high school students from across the state with an eight-day college experience through Ohio University's College of Business. Sponsored by Cardinal Health, the all-expense paid program aims to equip aspiring business majors with relevant, hands-on business experience through a professional business consulting project.

Classroom lectures provide participants with insight into each of Ohio University's nine undergraduate business majors.  Team-building activities, college information sessions and a taste of residence hall living further expose students to the ins and outs of student life at Ohio University. 

This year was a landmark year for the Junior Executive program in several respects. This week, 28 students are participating in the program -- the highest turnout to date. And perhaps most notably, 2009 also marked the graduation of three of Ohio University's original Junior Executives: Tiera Evans, Brittney Howard and Keith Mitchell.

Here, the program's first college graduates reflect on the journey from the Junior Executive Business Program to their recent graduation from Ohio University.

What role did the Junior Executive program play in your decision to attend Ohio University?

"Before I attended the program in 2004, I wanted to major in music. The College of Business and Ohio University in general were definitely not on my radar. However, once I attended the program, I was pretty convinced that business was the way I should go and Ohio University was where I should obtain my business education."

-- Brittney Howard

How have your experiences at Ohio University impacted your life?

"I was able to step out of my comfort zone and partake in different activities and attend programs that I probably would not have done if I went to another institution. This university has also impacted my future because it has helped me gain a better understanding of what it is that I really want to do in life and how I am going to go about obtaining that goal."
-- Tiera Evans

What challenges did you face as a minority college student?

"The challenges I faced really weren't that much different from those of any other minority student. It was tough being the only black in the class, especially in group work. I was often prejudged before opening my mouth and often heard the phrases "You speak so well" or "I didn't realize you were that smart."
-- Keith Mitchell

How have you changed during these past four years?

"I am a stronger, more confident person than when I first arrived in the fall of 2005. By being presented with opportunities that caused me to step outside of my comfort zone, I grew so much in character, interpersonal skills, and the like."
-- Brittney Howard

What advice do you have for future Junior Executives?

"Get to know everyone there. Many of my closest friends here at OU went through that program with me."
-- Keith Mitchell

"Make sure you come in with an open mind so that you can receive everything the program has to offer."
-- Tiera Evans

"Create your own experience. At the end of the day, it's what you make of it. The program is a reflection of college life, and much like college, taking full advantage of its opportunities is key."
-- Brittney Howard


The sixth annual Junior Executive Program for Diverse Students runs June 20 through June 27 at Ohio University's Athens campus. For more information on the program, visit www.cob.ohio.edu/cms.aspx?cid=1331. 

Related Links
Preparing for their future [video]:  http://www.ohio.edu/outlook/08-09/June/718v.cfm 
Junior Executive Program for Diverse Students:  http://www.cob.ohio.edu/cms.aspx?cid=1331  
College of Business:  http://www.cob.ohio.edu/  

Published: Jun 24, 2009 4:47 PM  

Click to watch a video highlighting the Junior Executive Business Program.  
Click to watch a video highlighting the Junior Executive Business Program.  

Junior Executive Business Program 2009 graduates  
Junior Executive Business Program 2009 graduates Tiera Evans, Keith Mitchell and Brittney Howard.

Photographer: Rick Fatica


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