Michael Coronel Jr.- A Senior With a Vision

mike picSince transferring to Cal State Fullerton last year( Fall 2013) as a Junior, I have had the great privilege of getting to know Michael Coronel Jr. on a more personal level, and have a lot of respect for what he has done for the recruiting team in Business Honors. Michael, one of the youngest of the current senior class at twenty years old and one of my closest friends in the program, continues to challenge himself everyday- between a dual major of Marketing and Finance, a minor in History, being active in University Honors(composed of the whole student body), the creation of a board game “Incendia” set to launch this fall, interning as a digital marketing assistant at a dental office, and performing consulting work for his father, it is hard to believe this 20 year old has any extra time to lead meetings, put together proposals and create a vision to recruit hungry students eager to join the Business Honors program.

Michael’s way of working and laser focus is like nothing I have ever seen in someone this young in years. After spending the year getting to know Mike(he prefers to be called by friends), I have come to realize that it is very unique to find an individual who is not only astoundingly brilliant, but a true friend and comrade who would set aside his own interests in order to ensure his friends are happy and doing well, whether that be in their personal lives or with school(Coronel Jr. definitely helped get me through Economics)… I sat down with “Mike” to discuss in detail his recruiting vision and how exactly this passion to invest in the future talent of Business Honors grew for him. Read along 🙂 ~CH

Name: Michael Coronel Jr.

Major: Marketing, Finance

Minor: History

Graduation Yr: 2016

CH :What made you feel passion for this project?

MCJ: “As I was growing up, I was always fascinated with empire building and military history, and when planning Recruiting, I take many opportunities to link similarities. Commuting students to Mihaylo are based on geography, and teams are the army divisions that need to support each other to win. The overarching project effort is the battlefield, and the leadership structure from me to Amber Jeanseau, our President, is the politics. Officers must lead from the front line and set the example, so our project leaders are right there with the team members.

During my Sophomore year, I wanted to place myself in a leadership role as a warm-up to corporate decision-making later on. So what better way to run a serious project than with your own hobby guiding it?”

CH: You have made a big impact in such a short time, what are some major changes you see compared to last year?

MCJ: “So far the biggest change I’ve seen was a transition from the “I” mentality into a “we mentality”. It needs a lot of work to reach its prime, but it is certainly in motion. One future change I intend is to lay a LOT of groundwork. Groundwork has to come before fieldwork, and this includes mixing the cohorts, laying the leadership structure, swishing around ideas and skills, and getting the research accomplished. Recruiting is open-ended, where we make the rules and objectives, so it’s a lot of fun to build with the three project leaders: Gaby Vallejo, Tania Perez, and Mitchell Berger.”

CH: What Mike do you see for yourself in the future and  have you noticed yourself improve as a business student due to this leadership role?

“Oh absolutely. My best friends can testify as to how far I’ve come since last fall. I’ve discovered that I have a real knack for logistics and team planning. A major portion of that was from taking responsibility and working out setbacks in this project. I notice that I am able to be social in a situation where I do not know anyone, and I naturally speak with more confidence and less ‘umms’. I really hope that this kind of personal enlightenment can happen for every member in recruiting.”

CH: Any last thoughts? Extras things you wish to include?

MCJ: “I strongly believe that being an Honors student offers a better college experience than a student in regular classes. The four year track really develops an individual by the time they graduate, and I don’t mean in test-taking. I see a sharp distinction in confidence, enthusiasm, and vision. These are the skills that employers are looking for, and as Honors students we practice them on a daily basis. This is the kind of opportunity that I want to see transfers and freshmen experience by choosing the BH program as their highway into the real world.”

**We look forward to seeing you shine “Mike”, the possibilities are endless with someone of your intelligence and passion for success, happy 2014-2015!


“Twin” Nguyen, Superstar Senior!

As Winter Break comes to a close we hope that you all have had a very safe and relaxing time with family and friends. Additionally, we want to thank everyone who was involved in the Winter Gala event last month, one student in Particular: Tuyen Nguyen, a BH senior who I had the privilege of interviewing. Check out what she had to say about the event and where she sees herself after graduation. We love you “Twin”!

CH: What business skills did you utilize in planning this event?

TN: “Since this is the first time BHP put together students organizing projects, there were certain challenges in communicating and collaborating. However, it gives all students the opportunity to know and work with each other. I had the chance to sharpen leadership skills, coordinate other people, as well as apply statistical knowledge in estimating and budgeting for the event.”

CH:I know you as well(I am) are a fellow transfer student(you transferred last year), what school did you come from and how was that experience making the change to CSUF?

TN: “I went to Orange Coast College before transferring to CSUF. I did not know about the BHP until the deadline for applying for the program had passed. I still tried to turn in the application and fortunately I got the phone interview and was accepted to the program. Due to my introverted nature, sometimes it is difficult for me to speak up in the group. Through my current job as a tutor, I gradually have learned to become more confident and to improve my communication skills. “

 CH: What are some of your hobbies or things you enjoy to do in your spare time?

TN: “I really love crocheting whenever I have free time. My skills are not at the advanced level yet, but it is very fun to make DIY crafts. I also like practicing TaiChi, yoga, and meditation.”

CH: After graduation where do you see yourself/what would you like to do?

TN: “One of my biggest dreams is to work with non-profit organizations, especially in education. I want to contribute my time and talents to make big changes. Before that, I love to have a short vacation to Japan upon graduation.”

Thank you so much for what you do “Twin” and we wish you the best of luck for your last semester at CSUF! ~ CH


Meet David Schenker, Teamwork project group

I had the pleasure of interviewing David Schenker, class of 2015, who sits in a chair position of the Teamwork group. David came up with the exciting idea of organizing the biggest event we have ever seen in the Business Honors Program – an Anaheim Ducks hockey game, complete with broomball and fun on the ice afterwards. This is not a small undertaking by any means (150 seats are being held for our group), and did I mention it is OPENING NIGHT too?! What a gem. David has been involved with every step of this strategic plan, and I know I cannot wait to attend! The game will be on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7 PM. We still have a few tickets available, so please contact David so you do not miss out on this great opportunity!! (562) 225-2429.

**Check out my interview with David below to learn about his journey to the Business Honors Program, and the emotional intelligence that has helped him succeed in his educational journey.

David Schenker

Concentration: Entertainment/Tourism

CH: “What business skills have served you best in your current position for the Teamwork” group?”

DS: “My initial connections were very critical in the planning stages of this project. Because I work for the Ducks, I had the idea to incorporate Prianca’s (Senior, teamwork leader) idea of ice-skating, with this larger scale event. I felt this would be a fun opportunity for the Business Honors students to bond and get to know each other outside of the school setting. Additionally, organization has played a key role in the success of this project. I have had to create spreadsheets to keep track of the expenses and money collected, as well as allocating jobs to other members of my team to ensure the success of this event.”

CH: “I know you, like myself, transferred this year from junior college. How has this leadership position benefited you in the transition and helped you adjust to a larger scale university?”

DS: “The great thing with these project teams is that they allow you to bond over an organizational goal. I missed out on the initial bonding opportunity in the summer because I was unable to attend the Fall Kick-Off in August. Since then I have gotten to know people in my teamwork group through the planning of this event. Interacting with them, putting together what we have learned in our classes, as well as incorporating something that I am passionate about (the Ducks), has really given me so much pleasure, and has allowed me to get to know my fellow Business Honors students on a more personal level which has been a great transition to a larger school.”

CH: “What advice can you give to future transfer students and/or students interested in joining the Business Honors program?”

DS:  “Specifically for me, I had a long road to the Business Honors program. I attended Junior College in Long Beach, and initially wished to transfer to CSULB. I came to realize the Business focuses offered were more vast here at CSUF, and had to change my road plan based on the classes CSUF required. I had my eye on the Business Honors program, but because I was short on classes to be accepted, I needed to complete them immediately and it was virtually impossible to get them all finished over one summer in order to be a part of the program. I ended up hunkering down and staying at Junior College in Long Beach to complete the classes (something I was not too happy about), and eventually made my transition into the program. My major piece of advice to give anyone about this program is that it is not a race. At the end of the day it is about the way in which you set yourself apart, and the Business Honors program allows you to do just this.”

CH: “As juniors we are currently enrolled in Management 339. Have you come across any situations in your group project where you had the ability to utilize some of the skills we learned in class?”

DS:  “One of the first topics we discussed in class had to do with emotional intelligence which really grabbed my attention. This was so powerful to me because I feel there is a fine line between someone in charge who has this “power” attitude compared to someone who has a calm demeanor and is respectable. In our group and just in general, I try to work hard to not be that guy who is a loudmouth because it is easy to cross that line and get there when you are given power. Additionally, you have to know who you are working with because everyone is so different. I want to be like-able because that is important to me – like-able people are hired. It is easy to have a good relationship with people you come into contact here in this program because everyone is just so great.”

CH: “Where do you see yourself after graduation as far as career aspirations/goals?”

DS:  “I would like to take advantage of the doors that have opened for me (specifically with the Ducks). I am very interested in hockey operations, where I am hoping to land a potential internship in the near future. Here I would have the chance to work in the front office and interact with executives responsible for the day-to-day operational tasks of the organization. I definitely would like to go to graduate school, however I know there are opportunities when we graduate from this prestigious program to get a job and join a company where they may even pay for my higher education. Imagine that! “

CH: “Thank you so much for setting aside the time to talk to me today.”

DS: “Thank you Cat. I hope everyone comes out and supports the team and our program. It is going to be an exciting event in an electric atmosphere. Get your tickets today!“

Meet Cat Hamer, your Business Honors blogger!

Business Honors junior Cat Hamer is taking over the Business Honors blog and we wanted you to get to know our newest blogger. Be sure to check the blog frequently for Cat’s latest posting!

Business Honors: What is your concentration? What are your future career goals?

Cat Hamer: My concentration is marketing. I would ideally like to work as a freelance copywriter when I graduate. There are so many websites that need content written and I have always loved to write. I tended to be a “fluffy” writer growing up and learned only a few years ago that this writing style lends itself nicely to advertising writing, which I have become quite good at. I’m excited for the future and am beginning to slowly branch out to gain writing jobs/experience while I am still in school to build contacts.

BH: Are you involved with any other activities or organizations?

CH: I am currently a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) on campus; there are so many opportunities to get involved it is overwhelming. I hope to get more involved after I have put in my first semester of Business Honors and get a feel for the workload!

BH: Do you have a hidden talent?

CH: I used to be a professional ballet dancer and lived and worked in Germany so I have always been very musical and fluid. After stopping ballet, I learned and explored Latin dancing which I enjoy very much. I can do a very good salsa ;)…..

BH: What hobbies/interests do you explore in your free time?

CH: I love writing in my spare time and listening to music. Music is a big passion of mine! I have the most eclectic mix of music on my iPod from Latin to Reggae to House and Jazz. When I have the time, I love throwing dinner parties for friends, and enjoying nice food and company. Traveling is a big part of my life as I lived in Europe for 5 years, so when I have the opportunity I enjoy getting away and exploring new places and cultures.

BH: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

CH: My grandfather was always a huge mentor to me. When I stopped dancing, he encouraged me to tap into my talents as a writer. He was a professional writer himself and always told me I had a gift with words and should really think about that as a career. When I was in the 6th grade, I entered a poetry contest on poetry.com and was recognized with a poem I had written about ballet. He bought me the hard bound copy and was so proud – I’ll never forget that day. I still think about him all the time and although it has been a year since he passed away, I have no doubt that he is looking down on me – proud of where I have come and excited, like I am, of what lies ahead.

BH: If you had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with any person in the world (living or passed), who would it be and why?

CH: I would be interested to meet with Steve Jobs. I heard he did not complete school and yet, became so successful. I would ask him for “business advice” that I could apply in the real world. We all make ourselves so so crazy with school that sometimes speaking with someone who made it without killing themselves over classes may put things in perspective and may remind me to be a little less hard on myself. I tend to be way too serious and make myself sick over it every semester!

Andrew Cavish, our Boeing intern

After a very interesting Careers at Boeing workshop, Caroline interviewed Andrew Cavish, senior Business Honors student about his 12-week internship at Boeing. Here’s what they discussed:

Caroline: How did you find out about the internship and what process did you go through to be selected?

Andrew: I’m a very proactive person so instead of waiting for internships to come to me I did some research and found this one. I applied online and they contacted me to go through several levels of interviews that were more behavioral based down at Seal Beach. After many follow ups I went through two final rounds of interviews and got a call from them two weeks later informing me I got the internship position.

Caroline: What type of responsibilities did you have as an intern at this company?

Andrew: I took the lead on a LEAN implementation. LEAN is a process of identifying ways Boeing can save money or make a task more efficient. DD250 notes were what I worked on the most, which is used when selling to the US government or any government. I also co worked with one other person to estimate job proposal hours for work orders on the C17, the P8, the international space station, and the F18 Super Hornet. I also worked on a team of pricers to negotiate prices on an order for Australia.

Caroline: How did this internship help prepare you for your career after graduating?

Andrew: I learned a lot with this internship and got some experience working for one of the largest businesses in the United States. I was also able to get accustomed to workplace etiquette which is really important in any company regardless of where you work in the future.

Caroline: Did you receive any additional opportunities or connections from the internship?

Andrew: I received plenty of connections including 60 professional contacts. I interviewed for one of their rotational programs and was able to get a job with the BCFP (Business Career Foundation Program) which is a 2 year, 4 rotation program. It is a highly competitive program, hiring only 10 college grads per year.

Caroline: What advice would you give to other students looking for an internship?

Andrew: Be proactive, go out there and look for what you want. Go to career fairs and search online for opportunities, internships aren’t going to just come to you. Have an awesome resume and cover letter ready to go. A good strategy is to think of five places you want to work and visit those websites and see what you have to do to get an opportunity with them. And finally, don’t just take something if it’s not what you want; make sure you go for what you want. Know your value and what you have to offer and never settle for anything less than your goals.



Paayal Bhakta lends a hand to the Indian Student Organization Fundraiser

On Wednesday, October 3, the members of the Indian Student Organization gathered together to sell Dippin Dots Ice Cream on the Titan Walk! It was definitely a treat for those that were trying to get away from the hot summer weather. One of our very own Business Honors students, Paayal Bhakta, was over there and it just so happens that she is the VP of Finance for the organization. I sat down with her to find out more about their organization and how she runs these events.

What inspired you to take part in this organization?

Paayal: Last year my roommate and I wanted to be involved and we joined this organization to be able to promote our culture. After being part of the culture show and realizing how amazing it was, I decided to run for VP of Finance so that I could be more involved with the show and the club.

What is the goal and vision of the organization?

Paayal: To promote the Indian culture to bring all students together to learn together and have fun.

Why and how did you set up the event?

Paayal: We hold many small fundraisers each year to raise funds for the culture show which is the biggest event for our club and this one was one of them. We were able to contact the Dippin Dots in Fountain Valley and got a discounted fundraiser price to hold this fundraiser.

What was the outcome?

Paayal: The outcome was pretty successful overall. We would have liked to see even more money come in but we didn’t lose money and made a little bit of profit so the results are definitely good.

~Caroline Liang

Aprille Hwang’s Disney Experience

The happiest place on Earth, Disneyland. How many of you enjoyed running around this amusement part, eating a churro and waiting in line for your favorite ride when you were little? I know I used to… and maybe even still do. Disneyland is just one of those places that brings a smile to our face just by hearing the name. It’s no wonder freshman Aprille Hwang is so passionate about Disney. Let’s take a look at what Aprille has to say about her experience volunteering for the Disney table on October 3, 2012, feelings about the company, and advice to her fellow freshman class.

“I am passionate about Disney because all my life I’ve been around the Disney environment. I grew up in Florida with Disney World at my fingertips, and I lived in Southern California with Disneyland right around the corner. My family was very Disney oriented and I love that Disney makes every encounter with their guests a memorable experience.

When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress for the Disney Channel. However, it wasn’t until I was in high school that I saw more of a future working for the Disney Company. But regardless, I knew I wanted to work in the entertainment industry. My family and friends have always told me that they could see me there in the future.

For me, getting involved wasn’t difficult because the school provides resource fairs and lots of different clubs to explore. I love to get involved because it gives me an opportunity to make the most of my time here on campus. I believe that getting involved on campus helps to build school pride and appreciation for your education as well. I take every advantage I have to learn more through the workshops provided by SLI, Business Honors, or even the career center.

My tips to fellow freshmen is to get involved by prioritizing. College entails freedom, and you want to make sure you’re putting your time into activities that are worthwhile. The opportunity is always there, but it’s all about taking the first step. As for pursuing your dreams, I believe that dreaming big can’t ever hurt. It’s better to dream big, than to never dream at all. I guess that’s what motivates me to do what I do.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired! Not everyone can be so sure and so passionate about what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Also, it’s not easy leaving such a big footprint in the Business Honors Program during your very first year. I guess Aprille is starting to make Business Honors at CSUF the happiest place on Earth!

~Paayal Bhakta

Dean’s List Spotlight: Amanda Knecht and Melissa Park

We all know what the Dean’s List is, right? The list of students who have gotten a 3.5 GPA or higher for that particular semester. So what about those students who have been on the Dean’s List every single semester of their college career? I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that’s pretty impressive. Let’s get a look at two of our Dean’s List Spotlights, senior Amanda Knecht (accounting concentration) and junior Melissa Park (marketing concentration).


What clubs are you involved in? Do you hold any leadership positions?

Amanda: I am currently involved in Finance Association, Gamma Iota Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, and Business Honors Society. I was VP of Marketing and VP of Management Information Systems in Spring 2012 for Gamma Iota Sigma and am Membership Chair for Beta Alpha Psi this semester (Fall 2012).

Melissa: I am not currently involved in any clubs.

What is one interesting thing about yourself?

Amanda: I love to go spelunking (caving) and am planning to travel to Northern California sometime soon to go caving, repelling, rock climbing, and zip lining.

Melissa: I’m a very clumsy person. It was my first year of playing softball with my church and I was pretty nervous. I was on first base and my friend Rachel was up to bat. She hit it towards the left field and I ran my hardest to second base. So hard, that I completely missed the base. While I was trying to stop my momentum I fell completely face forward and ate it. There was a huge cloud of dust and me on the sand. It was funny. And I never played softball again.

How do you balance your academic and social life?

Amanda: I try to schedule my time and make goals for myself pertaining to when I want to get certain assignments completed. That helps me maintain my focus during my study time so that I can plan fun things around my school assignments.

Melissa: I always prioritize my studies before any social activities. It sucks at first when you can’t do what you want on the weekends, but I just remind myself to stick it out and go out after I get my things done. It’s always worth it in the end!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Amanda: I love to read non-school books whenever I get the chance. There are a few TV shows that I like and I watch them whenever I have free time (the DVR really helps with that). I also enjoy attending the theatre to watch a good play.

Melissa: In my free time I usually run, bake, play volleyball, and watch basketball and movies. I’m a huge movie fan and a huge Miami Heat fan. I’m also very involved in my church youth ministry.

What is your motivation for getting good grades?

Amanda: I have strived to get good grades my whole life because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Also, I know that having a strong GPA will help me in obtaining a job after graduation!

Melissa: Honestly, going into college I was motivated by success and money.  But I realized that I have much stronger, more meaningful factors in my life that push me. My parents are one of them. They spend their hard earned money and time to take care of my brother and I. If I don’t try hard I feel like I’m wasting all of their efforts. Another motivating factor in my life is my future. I don’t plan on becoming a top notch CEO in the corporate world, or some famous marketer. I simply want to work for a movement.  I want to change the lives of those in need and use the skills I have acquired in marketing to do so. I’m not quite sure how that will pan out, or how I’ll eventually get there, but I’m hoping for the best. The only thing I can do now is work hard and keep at it.

So there we have it: an inside look at what these Business Honors students do outside of studying. Not only do they study hard and get good grades, but they also play hard and have some fun.

~Paayal Bhakta

Meet the BHS Co-Presidents: Neda and Brian

As Business Honors students, studying and getting good grades is a priority for us, but we all know that we can’t forget about having fun. That’s where the Business Honors Society comes in. A group of Business Honors students who not only work hard, but also play hard. So it’s time to put down the pencil for a bit and start getting to know your new BHS co-presidents, Neda Ghafourian and Brian Ross.


What made you want to run for the President position and what are your goals for BHS this year?

Neda: I ran for BHS President because I wanted to take an active role in uniting the four cohorts. Our overall objective is to provide opportunities for BHS members to establish friendships as well as a professional network. We plan to accomplish this through creating social and community involvements events.

Brian: I decided to run for the President position in the BHS to help continue the experience I received by being in the BH Program. Getting to know the younger and older students has really opened my mind to how much potential these students have and that is the environment I want to be in. Neda and I have planned out a series of social, team-building, and community service events this semester that are designed to increase interaction between students in BH. We are looking forward to executing these activities.

What kind of events do you wish to see?

Neda:  We are in the process of planning a beach clean-up day with Heal the Bay as well as a kayaking event.

Brian: Anything from study hours to dinners.

Have you done an internship anywhere?

Neda: I completed a client service internship with Price Waterhouse Coopers in summer 2012.

Brian: I have done a Marketing Training Internship through mUrgent Corporation, which is an email marketing company. Also, I have done an internship at Merrill Lynch where I was a Wealth Management Intern.

What future career goals do you have and what is your concentration?

Neda: I aspire to attain a financial executive position with a prestigious Entertainment Media company. I am double concentrating in Accounting and Finance.

Brian: My goal is to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. I hope to be a Financial Planner and help others invest wisely and be ready for the future.

What other activities are you involved in?

Neda: I have sat on the executive board of the Business Inter-Club Council since my freshmen year. I am currently the Vice President of Internal Marketing. I am the Entertainment co-chair for Relay for Life and have been volunteering for the event for seven years now.

Brian: Currently I am External President of Pi Sigma Epsilon Sales/Marketing/Management Fraternity. I am also on the Executive Board for Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (aka PIKE).

After all that, I’m sure you all realize not only are our new presidents dedicated to the club, but also experienced in many other aspects that are important to succeed in the business world. So get involved, get connected, and start making the most our of your college years.

~Paayal Bhakta