University of Pittsburgh at Dublin at my Dining Room

Hello,

My name is Price Marlow and I an am incoming first-year student at the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh in the class of 2024. I hail from Cockeysville, Maryland which is a suburb that is 30 Minutes north of downtown Baltimore, and I have lived in Maryland my whole life. I attended the Boys Latin School of Maryland for High School. In school, I participated in the Boy Scouts of America. I became an Eagle Scout. Scouts have fostered my love of the outdoors. I have continued participating in Scouts as an Adult Leader. Also, I was the leader of my High School’s Model UN Program which sparked my love for politics. I have a strong passion for local, national, and international politics and I am not afraid to share my opinion when asked. I recently was a campaign intern for a Candidate for the Baltimore City Council. I am a member of the Baltimore Council of Foreign Affairs. I am a huge Baltimore sports fan supporting both the Ravens and the Orioles. Like politics, I love talking sports

I took a Gap year this past year and worked as a Mutuel Supervisor with the Maryland Jockey Club. The Maryland Jockey Club is the organization that runs the Preakness Stakes and racing at the world-renowned track, Laurel Park. I got this opportunity through my work at the Maryland State Fair. At the Maryland State Fair, I was an Usher at their race track. In my second summer there, I was promoted to Usher Manager.

During that summer I made an impression with the Leadership at Maryland Jockey Club. When I found out I could not attend college last fall because of an operation, the Jockey Club offered me a job as a Mutual Supervisor at Laurel Park. My responsibilities as a Mutuel Supervisor were to confirm payouts of wagers, to report the handle, to supervise the tellers, and to deal with any complaints or questions customers had.  The experience at the Track taught me a great deal. I was able to see how a real business works from the ground up. I learned how to effectively manage, provide customer service, and to deal with disputes as they arise. This experience has allowed me to better understand the kind of problems that can occur at a service level which should help me when I get a job in upper-level management. This experience also showed me I had an interest in both Management and Marketing.

As a student of the College of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, I am currently “business undecided” leaning towards either Marketing or Information systems. I also have an interest in possibly pursuing a minor in either Psychology or Physics. While I am interested in business, I am excited to explore these non-business subjects during my time at Pittsburgh. I am also a member of both the Business Honors College and the Honors College. Therefore, I will be pursuing an Honors Degree.

At the end of this Gap Year, I was allowed to be a part of the Haller Global Honors Fellowship this summer. The Haller Global Honors Fellowship is a program for incoming freshmen who were accepted into the Pitt Business Honors program. In a normal year, Fellows would first have a chance to spend 2 and half weeks on campus during the summer and they would take a business course while getting accustomed to Pittsburgh. The Fellows would go abroad to Ireland for one and a half weeks. There they would visit various companies and meet business leaders while learning the Irish business culture.

However, this is not a normal year. If there is one thing 2020 has taught me business is to expect the unexpected. This year we have the opportunity to work on a consulting project for a real Irish company. We also have the opportunity to meet various other Business leaders through zoom and Microsoft teams. Although going to Ireland would have been fun, I am very excited to have this virtual experience. Though my classmates and I are all very young and inexperienced. We have the unique opportunity to work with an international business. This will help me decide if I want to also pursue international business in school and as a career. Also, being a consultant will show me if I want to be one later in life. It is also a great privilege to interact with faculty early so we can become accustomed to college work, style and college professors before we even step on campus or leave the dining room. Though it has been fun sitting on my computer all summer and I love my parents, I am excited to go to Pittsburgh and get all of what college has to offer.