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CONNECTING YOU TO THE FRANKLIN P. PERDUE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  OCTOBER 2013
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Student Spotlight: Krista Close

Krista Close
Krista Close
My husband, Rob Close, and I at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq
My husband, Rob Close, and I at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq

In front of the Supply Support Activity
In front of the Supply Support Activity (S.S.A.) where we stored parts and supplies inside connexes until they needed to be shipped to support tactical operations throughout Iraq.

Posed inside an Armored Support Vehicle (A.S.V.) in Iraq.
Posed inside an Armored Support Vehicle (A.S.V.) in Iraq.

Education has been a major priority in my life. I entered the military in 2006 under a three-and-a-half year contract, to serve my country while gaining both life skills and education opportunities. Originally from Detroit, MI, I was assigned to my duty station in Fort Sill, OK. I finished my Associate of Science in Business at Cameron University in nearby Lawton, OK after one year deployment in Baghdad, Iraq.

My husband and I met in the military and moved our family to Delmar, MD in order to attend Salisbury University in August of 2010. We are both fortunate to be able to use our G.I. Bills to focus on school full-time. I am honored to be a student at Salisbury University, and I am thankful for this opportunity every day that I walk in the doors of the Perdue School of Business. I am accomplishing a dream while receiving a quality education that I could have never otherwise afforded.

I have been taking advantage of unique opportunities for students here at SU. I competed in the in Franklin P. Perdue School of Business’ 2013 Entrepreneurship Competition and finished in the top 15. This experience was amazing and forced me to learn more about myself. I now have experience in how to write a business plan, pitch my idea, and perform under pressure to present my idea in front of potential investors. I look forward to competing again in the 2014 competition with another business plan.

I was so impressed by the experience of the entrepreneurship competition that I recently enrolled into the International Case Analysis course to push myself further. Four students will be chosen to represent the Perdue School at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC) at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada this February. Even if I do not get chosen to be one of the four students to compete, I will have tried and learned invaluable lessons.

I will graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Business Management in May 2014, and look forward to furthering my education into the M.B.A. program. My goal is to open a local business of my own and make a difference in my community. The encouragement and inspiration from my professors, as well as the opportunities available here at the Perdue School of Business, have helped me to thrive both personally and professionally.

Posed inside an Armored Support Vehicle (A.S.V.) in Iraq.
Posed inside an Armored Support Vehicle (A.S.V.) in Iraq.
My children Wesley, 4; Abby, 11; Nate, 14
My children Wesley, 4; Abby, 11; Nate, 14

 

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