An Immersive Business Experience… All From The Comfort Of My Own Home

Hi there! My name is Rohan Krishnan, and I am an incoming freshman at the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration. I hope to not only major in finance, but also pursue a Bachelor’s of Philosophy (BPhil) degree by adding a second, disparate major to my curriculum at a later date. I would also like to complete a certificate in Entrepreneurship and one in Leadership and Ethics. I am from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania which is located right next to our state capital.

My extracurricular interests span various genres, topics, and “categories”. I’ve always been curious and loved learning and exploring new things, even if they aren’t exactly related to my specific career aspirations. I am an avid saxophone player, it’s hard to say no to a nice jazz improv session. Music plays a huge role in my life as I have cycled between 4 instruments before finally landing on the saxophone. I believe it not only brings people together, but it is also a powerful tool for self-expression. Besides music, I am also a huge tennis nerd. From playing it to watching it to learning about the business behind professional tennis, I have a never ending pool of interest and passion for the sport. In addition to my musical and athletic interests, I enjoy creating art. Although, I am by no means claiming to be a professional (or even good by some standards), I greatly enjoy creating fun, exciting, and interesting designs through visual mediums. Recently, I have also taken a keen interest in politics and activism. At my high school, I helped found a council of students who worked directly with school administration to create a safer, more accepting environment for all students. I, along with some friends, have also begun developing a project aimed at increasing young voter political literacy and encouraging active democratic engagement among youth voters.

My academic achievements very nearly mirror the overarching theme of diversity found within my extracurricular interests. I was one of 7 National Merit Scholarship Finalists from my high school and was also a member of our National Honors Society. I was a National AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction. I was also the founding member of my high school’s TEDx club and the president of our school’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapter. I volunteered and was a member with distinction within our school’s Key Club chapter and participated in various local volunteer events. I was a 4 time state competitor at FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). I was also a member of our high school’s elite Jazz Ensemble, which gave me the opportunity to play in professional events alongside amazing musicians. I played varsity tennis for 3 years, helping our team reach the state competition for the first time in 8 years. I was also heavily involved with our special interest programs as I competed in competitions such as M3 (Mega Math Modeling).

I have always lived my life chasing anything that piqued my interest. As such, while I do plan to major in and work in Finance, my true goal is to start a successful entrepreneurial venture. It is my belief that, aside from political action, entrepreneurism is one of the most effective ways to make our world a better place. Whether it be through the creation of sustainable alternatives to everyday necessities, the provision of access to jobs to impoverished communities, or even through company initiatives that give back to communities in need, entrepreneurism has the potential to help a substantial amount of people. I fully plan to make use of Pitt Business’ incredible resources, such as their internships, career and academic advisors, and EIRs, to build a network of colleagues and friends who will help me move towards creating my own business.

CAPA: The Global Education Network and the Pitt Business Honors Program worked together to provide 9 students, including myself, with the amazing opportunity of working with a small entrepreneurial company and learning from various industry leaders all within the span of 2 short weeks. Although originally slated to be run in Dublin, Ireland, the fellowship is now being run virtually due to COVID-19, giving us a taste of the direction in which the business world appears to be heading. My fellow students and I are working with the communications company Kendlebell Kimmage, which provides a personalized call center service in the Dublin area. So far, we have gotten to meet with the founders of the company and learn more about their plans to expand their business. As part of the fellowship, we were given the task of creating a plan to specifically meet one of their 3 objectives for expansion. Along the way, we will have 3 virtual company visits with successful Pitt alumni to learn more about the path that they took to reach their current success.

I was very excited when I learned that I would be able to participate in the Haller Global Honors Fellowship. It is a prime opportunity to not only gain exposure to the type of work that I may do in the future, but it also provides a rare opportunity to learn from and network with some of the top business professionals in various fields. It is also a great way to meet other highly motivated, bright students! I hope that over the course of the next 2 weeks, I can better understand some of the intricacies of running a business, provide a quality service to our clients, learn the pathways available for advancement in the business world, and expand my professional network. Overall, I plan to learn and absorb as much information as possible and have a good time!