Ana Pascual '15: Finding courage, confidence, and a career
At the end of a 10-week internship with Target last summer, Ana Pascual was offered a full-time position as executive team leader. She accepted with alacrity, saying “yes” before her manager finished speaking. “I was so excited,” she says. “My goal has always been to work in the United States after graduation – and Target’s offer has made that a reality.”
The Management concentrator, who is fluent in Spanish, applied for the internship online through the Bryant Career Connection, a database of jobs for students available through the Amica Center for Career Education. She had two interviews, both of them on campus.
As an Orientation leader, "I began to develop into the leader that I am today."
Looking back, Pascual recalls being a shy freshman from Puerto Rico who knew no one at Bryant. “I became an Orientation leader, and from that one opportunity I began to develop into the leader that I am today,” she says. “I felt courageous and confident – and pretty comfortable when presenting in front of groups of people, something that I had previously feared.”
Pascual took part in the Sophomore International Experience and traveled to Malaysia and Singapore. She studied abroad for a semester at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She also took advantage of Bryant’s Clubs and Organizations Fair, and, since then, has been involved in the Velocity Dance Team and Colleges Against Cancer. “I’ve gained the greatest of friends through these organizations,” she says.
Pascual honed her leadership skills by serving on the Bryant Senior Advisory Council, as an Admissions Fellow, and as a Resident Assistant. She is the recipient of the Intercultural Center’s Community Service Award and will receive a Student Senate Senior Service Award at Commencement.
Someday, Pascual would like to run her own non-profit organization – one with a domestic and international reach. “Bryant’s integration of business and liberal arts prepared me to succeed in any setting, not just the business world,” she says.