Senior marketing major Jennifer Swanstrom is captain of the women’s soccer team, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a residence assistant. She says Queens has had a significant impacting on her life in setting herself up for a successful future.
Q: What is your most memorable experience at Queens?
“There are so many to choose from, but one of my favorite experiences while being a student here are the C.U.B. Day on the Slopes events. Students get an awesome discount to go spend the day skiing or snowboarding in the mountains a couple hours away.”
One of Swanstrom’s favorite hobbies is snowboarding, but due to the lack of slopes and snow in Charlotte, she does not get to do it as often as she would like to.
“I absolutely love spending a day on the slopes with my friends,” she said.
Q: What is the coolest thing you have ever done in Charlotte?
“There is so much to do and so many places to see in Charlotte, but one of my favorite things to do…is go to Uptown. There are so many great restaurants, bars, museums and attractions. My favorite time in Uptown was when they blocked off Trade Street and Tryon Street and had barbecues and authentic grillers serving and cooking food for everyone. There were also big stages in the middle of the street with great bands and dancing.”
Q: What is the most valuable thing you have learned at Queens and how did you learn this?
The most valuable lesson that Swanstrom learned at Queens, she says, is the importance of applying for internships.
“I never really thought that all the preparation and practice interviews would benefit me as much as they did,” she said.
Business professor Dr. Gary Powell “greatly impacted” her life by telling her to apply for an internship with Ford Motor Company.
“I never thought I would have gotten it,” Swanstrom said. “But to my surprise, I did, and it ended up being one of the best experiences I have ever had.”
This internship resulted in a job offer at Ford after she graduates.
“Even if you don’t feel confident, good things can come out of situations when you try,” she said.
Q: How has Queens prepared you for the future and life after college?
“The biggest way in which Queens has prepared me for the future and life after college was the fact that our grades depended on presentations and class participation. If you fail to participate in class, it can greatly impact the outcome of your final semester grade. Since the professors forced us to participate and speak up in front of the entire class, I really came out of my shell.
“Overall, it helped me feel more confident when speaking in front of groups of people and an audience, which is really important and beneficial in most jobs after college.”
Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to a new student at Queens, what would it be?
“Be confident. Everyone wakes up in the morning and puts their pants on the same way you do. No one is better than you. Just be yourself and be confident because that in itself is admirable.”