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Being in the MBA program at Saint Martin’s, we are given the opportunity to connect with many different people one campus along with alumni and businesses in the area.

When I was a junior in college a new professor came to campus, and little did I know she would be one of my favorites and biggest influences in my program. Dr. Wendy Fraser.

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Dr. Wendy Fraser & I at 2016 Spring Graduation

This spirited, smiley and driven woman inspired many students at Saint Martin’s to rediscover within themselves why they chose business as their career seeking path. Her excitement for the industry was infectious and only reassured my feelings towards my undergraduate degree in business.

Senior year came along and Dr. Fraser decided to put her focuses on something she was truly passionate about, which was Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Although she was dearly missed, she was exemplifying everything she had taught us in her classes, find your niche, find what you love, stick with it and you’ll find your happiness.

Now, more than halfway through my MBA program getting ready to graduate this spring, Dr. Fraser has gracefully come back into my educational life, giving me a my classmates in Dr. Conants’ MBA 631 Operations class the opportunity to group together and earn our Green Belt Certifications.Six Sigma (2)

For those of your who do not know, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is an international recognized program that operates under the supervision of a Six Sigma Black Belt (Dr. Fraser) to analyze and solve quality problems within a business and also involved themselves with the quality improvement projects.

With that said, I have committed to Dr. Fraser and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program. My group is required to pick a business, school department or event to work with, identify quality problems and create a presentation on our findings and provide the business, department or event with those findings along with suggested improvements that we believe would improve the operational quality of the business.

I am so excited for this opportunity to expand my knowledge and apply what I learned in my program to real life situational business problems. I am so grateful for the new opportunities and doors that will be opened through this program and the assistance of Dr. Fraser and Saint Martin’s School of Business and Graduate Studies.

How can we as college students use LinkedIn to our advantage?

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Being in a business program at the university level it is almost certain that one of your professors somewhere down the road is either going to require or suggest that you create a LinkedIn profile.

I know everyone’s experiences are different but when a professor of mine sophomore year made it an assignment to create a LinkedIn account I remember feeling aunnamed little confused with little to no explanation behind why or how it would benefit me. We weren’t given any guidance or in-depth explanation for how making a profile might benefit us in the future. All I remember being told was that “LinkedIn is the Facebook of the professional world” and that is exactly what it is.

I thought that for this blog I would list out some benefits LinkedIn could provide college students, especially those of us who are trying to connect with the professional world as we gear up for graduation in the Spring.

First, by creating a LinkedIn profile this allows you to create a professional network. You can connect with old friends, new friends, professors, old employers, and businesses and professionals you are interested in learning more about.

Second, by connecting with different working professionals this allows you to explore different professions and gain a better understanding for different career paths and jobs in different industries! Having a LinkedIn profile also gives you access to jobs and internships through the search bar. This allows for students or recent grads to open up doors that they may have never had. LinkedIn is just another great resource for getting your name out there for your future.

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Third, LinkedIn allows you to identify with and groups you want or are interested in. LinkedIn allows you to create friend groups, Alumni groups, or any other desired groups to help with network building and allowing for like-minded individuals to connect from anywhere around the world.

My fourth and final feature of LinkedIn that I am going to discuss happens to be my favorite. Recently, through my job search I have discovered that a lot of job applications take place onlinlinkedin-marketinge. When I first learned how to make a resume we were told that your experiences were limited to fit a single page. Well, truth is that is one tall order and super hard. Plus the older you get and the more experience you have the more difficult it is! With LinkedIn you are allowed to expand on your experiences and truly showcase what makes you unique. Here’s the really awesome part… With so many job application processes taking place online they also have working interfaces that actually link up with LinkedIn allowing employers to view your profile as part of your application/resume! How cool is that?!

Here’s a link to my LinkedIn profile! Check it out: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-salvatori-287b468b/

LinkedIn can create so many opportunities if utilized correctly! So visit LinkedIn and create a profile. Welcome to the professional world!

 

Love, Sarah.

 

What Gala Means To Me

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What. A. Night.

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Social Squad members, Lauren Diuco, Andrew Walter, myself and Andrew Kier at the Gala Reception.

I am here to report that the 2016 Saint Martin’s University Gala: A Taste of Brazil was a complete success. It was a night filled with amazing food, good spirits and generous donations to student scholarships.

We were so grateful for the support of Eataly Brazil’s renowned Chef Ligia Karazawa and Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern. With their generosity, as a University we were able to raise $1.1 Million dollars for student scholarships.

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The Marcus Pavilion transformed into a beautiful event space for the 2016 SMU Gala. 

Although, the night was glamorous and full of delicious food and good times, it is no question that the Saint Martin’s University Gala exists in order to support our students and make school possible.

Being a student at Saint Martin’s my educational journey was made possible by the generous donations to our University’s scholarship funds. I graduated in 2016 with my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. I was able to do so without any student loans and debt. Now I am attended Saint Martin’s for a final year to achieve and graduate again but with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in the Spring of 2017.

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My formal attire for the evening

When my journey at Saint Martin’s comes to an end, I will be graduating with two degrees, and debt and student loan free. I owe this great accomplishment to not only my parents and the athletic department but also the generous donors who continue to give to such an amazing cause.

As a student at Saint Martin’s I am so grateful for the opportunities it has provided me and I am honored to be a part of such a generous and giving community. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening, especially those who so generously donated to scholarships for many students like me.

If you were unable to attend the event and feel the contagious urge to empower and support students like myself, you can still make a donation at the Saint Martin’s Giving Page.

Thank you to the Saint Martin’s Community for making education possible. Love – Sarah

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Social Squad members Andrew W., Sarah, Andrew K and Lauren with Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern.

What’s the next step?

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I feel like this is the ongoing question that just never seems to end… “What do you want to do after you’re done with school?”

If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that question i’d be… well let’s just stay i’d have a lot more money than I do right now, being a broke college student and all.

Even though friends, family and people I work with always ask me the same variations13240735_10209524989991959_5844152029225923527_n of questions, it keeps the process and next step fresh in my head. I’m always thinking about it. I’m always wondering and exploring what kind of fields I might be interested in.

Something I have found is that because I decided to pursue both my degrees in business I have the opportunity to unlock so many different doors. The hard part is finding an industry I can thrive in.

This is where the services and resources of Saint Martin’s can really help! As student’s we are all invited to connect with Ann Adams and Career Services. First of all, she is one kick-butt lady who is hard working and motivational and not to mention A GREAT person to go to for help with resume building.

As a soon to be graduating (again) grad student it is now my turn to utilize the resources that this campus has to offer and she is one of them.

Now, this does not mean that all job are to be found through the help of career services. I encourage you all to also connect with your teachers within your perspective majors. Teachers within your program are great resources since almost all teachers have experience within their field along with contacts who they met along the way.

You never know, those contacts that your teachers have may be looking for some young blood to join their team.

So in conclusion for all of those who ask, over the next several months I plan to work closely with Career Services, perfecting my resume, getting my face out there, apply for jobs and reaching out to my current and previous professors and making new connections. In the business world it’s all about who you know and how far you are willing to go to get it!

Stay tuned to see what happens next!

love, Sarah.

 

Bet you didn’t see this coming…

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I’M BAAAAAACCCCKKKKK! 

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Post graduation with best friends and fellow Grads, Chase DeCoito, Abby McFaul, Kristin Okamura, Madison Hibbard, Carl Svanevik, and Hanna Hernandez.

Last we talked I was finishing up my last few weeks as an undergrad. I had decided to put my MBA on the back burner and explore what else the world had to offer me. Grad week rolled around and as my family and friends started coming into town I was asked the million dollar questions that every grad dreads hearing – especially if they have no idea what is in their future; “So Sarah, what’s next?”, “Do you have a job?”, “Are you moving back home with your parents?”. I ran out of fingers and toes to count how many times I was asked variations of those questions before graduation.

After some serious thinking and conversation with my parents, I had decided that maybe the best option for me wasn’t jump out into the job world just yet. Maybe what was best for me was to stay at Saint Martin’s and finish getting the Masters Degree I had already started, and this is what I decided to do. This last summer after graduation I decided to hit the ground running, enrolling in 2 MBA classes for the summer. Now I’m halfway done with my first fall term and on track to graduate with my MBA spring 2017, only a year after graduating with my BA. Crazy!13267987_10209524993232040_2592364605756699683_n

Now that I have officially decided to continue my education at Saint Martin’s, I was blessed with the opportunity to be apart of Social Squad for one final year. This year I hope to engage with other graduate students and graduating seniors and show them that continuing your education can open so many more doors. I will be the second person in my family to graduate with a Masters Degree and I couldn’t be more excited to see what this year has in store for me and my future.

Thank you for welcoming me back with open arms, SMU!

 

Oh the places you’ll will go…

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Wow has time flown by… So many things have changed lately and quite frankly I have never been more excited for my future and all it holds.

For those of you who do not know, I have recently made the decision the put my MBA aspirations on hold. Instead of committing to another year of school I have courageously decided to enter the working world. I know, shocking right? Personally, I thought I was set on my decision to stay and extra year and get my MBA, but as I am learning more and more about myself and who I want to be in this world I am finding that transitioning right into an MBA program isn’t the right fit for me at the moment.

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W. Golf Team dressed to impress at the 2016 GNAC Championship dinner (Left to right: Sarah Salvatori, Celia Beyke, Lisa Zelasko, Jen Liedes & Grace Dyer).

Although I am making the decision to leave Saint Martin’s behind after graduation, I will always remember the moments of clarity and perseverance it has faced me with. From the first day I arrived on the campus at Saint Martin’s, moving into my dorm, meeting amazing friends, faculty and staff, the experience has ultimately transformed me into the individual I am today. Even though, my path has been altered, changes have ensued, and dreams have been challenged, I can still happily say that I would not be where I am today without all the amazing opportunities Saint Martin’s University has provided me.

Through all the ups and downs, deciding a major, changing my major, changing my major again… my experiences as a college student at Saint Martin’s will be ones that I will carry with me through the rest of my life.

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Senior W. Golfer’s after completing final rounds as collegiate athletes (there were tears) (left to right: Sarah Salvatori, Grace Dyer and Jen Liedes)

This past week I concluded my collegiate golf career. What a bittersweet and emotional experience that was. Golf has been an important pillar in my life for nearly 15 years, and now thinking about a lifestyle that does not involve competitive Golf has me feeling all kinds of different emotions. Through the sport, I have made life-long friends who all contributed to my transformation from a young and not-so-wise college freshman, to what I now like to look at myself as a confident, smart, enthusiastic young woman who is ready for what the world has in store for her.

One of the most important lessons that golf and getting a college education has taught me is that you aren’t always going to prepared for the experiences life throws your way. Life is an ever-changing battle and no matter how prepared you think you are, life will always surprise you. Growing up, I found myself frustrated with the things in life that were simply out of my control. I used to lose sleep over how people could sit back and just roll with the punches.

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Throwback to freshman year with roommate, Grace Dyer. Day 1 Saints.

As I got older, experienced life and rediscovered myself and what is truly important to me, I have found that embracing those unexpected moments rather than fighting them make life so much more enjoyable. Although many will question my decision to put my MBA aspirations on hold, saying “Oh, you’ll never go back” I rebuttal those statements and doubts by saying, sure, maybe I won’t go back to school after I graduate with my Bachelors. But, I am confident that if the time is right for me, I will and that is good enough for me. That’s not to say that it isn’t the right decision for one of my peers. Everyone is different, and I have found peace and great joy with my decision.

Best of luck to all of you fellow and future Saints of Saint Martin’s University. Let your passions drive you towards your successes, life-long friendships, and everlasting memories. It has been my greatest privilege to have been able to serve the University in so many ways over my four years. I will miss all the amazing faculty, staff and friends who have helped me along the way. The road was long, stressful and challenging but I would never trade those experiences for anything.  Thank you for all of the amazing opportunities, love and support, SMU! I will miss you!

Love Always, Sarah Salvatori ❤

 

Service for the Soul

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Hello again, World! I’ve missed you!

Sorry it has been so long since I have last blogged, but I promise I will be better about jumping on here every couple of days to catch up on life!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and was able to enjoy family, friends, nature, or whatever it is that makes you happiest!

I had a wonderful time going home to Oregon and traveling to visit with family! Now that the long break is over its time to kick things back into gear and return refreshed, rested and ready to take on my final semester as an undergraduate student. Crazy!

For those that don’t know, I have officially been accepted into the Masters of Business Administration Program at Saint Martin’s and will be sticking around the area for an extra couple of months until my hopeful completion of my MBA by December 2016.

I have also had a recent significant life change, and as time progresses I am beginning to see the positives and I am excited to redirected my focuses on myself and bettering myself in everything I do.

These past several weeks back at school have been jam-packed with different community service opportunities through Circle K but also the planning for further involvement of Athletics with our local Boys & Girls Club.

With everything going on in my life at the moment, I have found these volunteer opportunities to be very therapeutic and rewarding. As some of you know, giving back to the community that helps build you up is so crucially important. I find such joy from volunteering in my community knowing that I am doing a little something out of my day to help someone who might need it most.

The first week back at school was Beach Clean up! Unfortunately I was very sick and was not able to attend. The second weekend back some of us Circle K’ers volunteers with a Lacey Parks & Rec organization called Stream Team to help plant trees and create a bark path at the Lacey Woodland Park. Finally, last weekend was our first Habitat Build for the 2016 year! Some Circle K members headed up to Tacoma to assist other volunteers with the finishing touches on a home we had began building towards the end of 2015. This was so rewarding for the Circle K Club to be able to see how their service was truly making an impact on the lives of those who would soon be living in that community.