Nicole Fitch is a freshman in the 5-Year BSBA/MBA program at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), a business curriculum for high-achieving, goal-oriented students that leads to not only a bachelor's degree, but a Master of Business Administration too. She is pursuing a concentration in marketing, along with minors in financial economics and leadership, and an intermediate achievement certificate in Spanish.
Nicole grew up in the metro Detroit area and attended Regina High School. A second generation UDM College of Business student, Nicole knew right away that UDM would be her college choice.
In her first year at UDM, Nicole has wasted no time getting involved across campus. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national, co-ed service fraternity, Vice-President of Fundraising for UDM's Campus Kitchen and is a member of the Student Advisory Board for the College of Business Administration. Nicole is also a member of the UDM Detroit Titans' Women's Fencing Team.
The professors I have here at UDM motivate me because the amount of effort they put into me succeeding makes me want to be successful. UDM has very small class sizes, so I am able to connect with each of my professors on a personal level. They put a lot of time into making sure their students are learning the material and growing as individuals in their class. Due to each professor's commitment to my learning, I feel that I should live up to their expectations and take advantage of the opportunities they provide.
My latest accomplishments
I spent this past spring break in South Bend, Indiana volunteering at Dismas House. I worked with formerly incarcerated individuals, helping around the community and connecting with them. Over the course of a week, I identified many of the preconceived notions that I had about the individuals that I would be meeting and disproved a multitude of stereotypes.
I chose to do an Alternative Spring Break service trip instead of a typical, tropical vacation because I believed that I would feel more fulfillment from volunteering. I am extremely happy I was able to have this experience, and it is a trip I plan to repeat.
Next big goal
My next big goal is to be successful in my internship at American Axle Manufacturing this summer. As a freshman, I was told multiple times that it would be difficult to find an internship. As a result, I spent a lot of time finding companies with mission statements and open opportunities that I could feel passionate about. When purusing American Axle's website, I immediately felt excited about the positions they offered and the program they had. My goal is to learn as much as possible during the summer and develop the skills I need to be successful in the workplace environment.
Why is choosing your own path important?
Choosing your own path is important because it is your responsibility to find your calling, to find what will make you truly happy and fulfilled. No one else can decide for you. Find what is deeply important to you and build your future around that.
Many allow influences from others' preconceptions about them to impact their decisions. Especially as a young woman, I try to never let society's perception of what my gender role is define my choices. I believe that the more passion people have for their path in life, the happier they will be, regardless of what others think they should be.
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