From Savannah to the finish line


From Savannah to the finish line

Find your fire. Moving to Savannah was the new start Uyen Hill ’16 needed. Before that, she’d left her home in Vietnam to go to school in Hawaii, and she was itching to finish her bachelor’s degree at Savannah State. Uyen’s classmates in the College of Business Administration (COBA) welcomed her. Her professors got to know her. It was a warm campus atmosphere she hadn’t experienced before. And it motivated Uyen to get to work.

As a business management major, she blazed through all COBA offers—with a little help. Professors pushed her to turn a class assignment into a conference-nominated paper. COBA’s placement coordinator chose Uyen to assist guest professionals for An Evening with Business Professionals, an all-in-one career development and networking event. And Uyen landed an internship at the World Trade Center Savannah through the College’s placement office.

“All of my professors knew me. Working so closely with them made me work harder.” – Uyen Hill ’16

COBA’s on-campus placement office is the central hub for networking and finding a job. Thanks to the office, students learn how to beef up their résumés and professional presence. Then they go on to land jobs and internships at companies including Microsoft, IKEA, and TIAA-CREF (a Fortune 100 company). And they earn master’s and doctoral degrees at places like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For Uyen, COBA and its placement office re-energized the journey she'd started years ago in Hawaii. “At Savannah State, there are always people helping you. There are recruiters, mock interviews, résumé builders, and networking opportunities. And it all made me a better, more mature professional.”

During her journey, Uyen became a naturalized U.S. citizen, scored an internship at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., and explored job offers from the FBI and a local Savannah news station. She participated in a global business proposal competition with team members from the Netherlands, Colombia, and Turkey. And she presented a paper she co-authored with a professor and a fellow student at an international business conference. She was also inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society.

“It took me a long time to come this far. But with my degree from Savannah State, I know I can do anything.” Seriously Impressive

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