A Well-Rounded Rutgers University–Camden Education

Brittany Striewski

By Jeanne Leong

During Brittany Striewski’s four years at Rutgers University–Camden, she took advantage of as many educational and extracurricular opportunities as she could pack into her schedule.

A management major, Striewski was part of the Honors College, participated in the Business Leader Development Program (BLDP) at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, interned at Disney World in Orlando, was a Raptor Ambassador, and played on the campus softball team.

Striewski’s path through college includes working part-time as a waitress at Angelo’s Pizza shop in Berlin, N.J. to help cover her tuition costs.

“There were days when I was playing softball where I’d leave practice at 4:30 to be at work at exactly 5 o’clock,” says Striewski, of Lindenwold. “Then, changing out of my practice gear when I got there.”

Through the BLDP, she received enhanced leadership training, networking, and mentoring by faculty and business leaders in a variety of industries.

“Making connections was invaluable,” says Striewski, a 2013 graduate of Paul VI High School in Haddonfield.

When Striewski arrived at Rutgers–Camden as a freshman, her plan was to major in sports management, but she decided to major in general business management to keep her options open to other industries.

Striewski was an intern in the marketing department of AmeriQuest Business Services in Cherry Hill the summer after her freshman year. She returned to the company as an intern during winter break in December 2014, in the summer of 2015, January 2016, and February 2017, getting a chance to work on bigger projects, including social media management and trade show and event management.

Striewski’s internships at AmeriQuest have led to a full-time position at the company as a marketing specialist.

“The work family at AmeriQuest has helped to mentor me and has watched me grow and I couldn’t be happier to be working for such a great company,” says Striewski.

Brittany Striewski with Rafiki from The Lion King at Disney World

As a junior, Striewski applied and was accepted into the prestigious Disney College Program, a semester-long internship in which she lived and worked at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. Students selected from throughout the United States take personal and career development courses to develop communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Striewski worked in quick service food and beverage.

“My experience in Disney helped me learn how to manage people and how the differences in culture can affect how people respond to different things,” Striewski says. “I worked with people from all over the world and gained friendships there that are irreplaceable.”

On campus, Striewski balanced classes and internships with playing on the softball team and serving as a Raptor Ambassador, giving tours and hosting events for potential students.

She credits much of her success in college to Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, professor of marketing and director of the BLDP, and Krista Wehlen, her Honors College advisor, who helped guide Striewski and help her figure out how to manage her time.

“Krista strongly encouraged me to take the internship in Walt Disney World,” Striewski says. “Fortunately, she knew someone who had done the Disney College Program to connect me with.”

Striewski was a rising senior in high school when she met Kaufman-Scarborough in Rutgers–Camden’s BizEd summer program, an intensive two-week-long business education seminar for high school students.

Striewski says, “At the time, I thought I wanted to go away to college and live on campus as opposed to commuting to school that wasn’t so far away. Dr. Kaufman-Scarborough allowed me to see that commuting for college wouldn’t be so bad and it was clear that the professors at Rutgers truly cared about their students.”

Striewski and Kaufman-Scarborough remained close over the last four years.

“She is one of the best professors I had,” Striewski says. “I truly looked forward to going to her class each Friday, talking about marketing and even personal things.”

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