Abby Puckett '14

March 4, 2014

Hometown: Columbia City, Ind.

High School: Columbia City High School

Major: Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing

Minor: Psychology

What clubs and activities are you involved in at SJC?

I am a member of SJC’s Student Athlete-Advisory Committee, Student Association, and Women's Volleyball Team. I also participate in campus-sponsored volunteer work.  

How did you hear about SJC?

I heard about SJC from a close friend of the family.

Why did you choose SJC?

Puckett, Abby '14I chose SJC because of the classroom environment and the College’s sense of community. SJC is unlike any other institution. The professors actually know students by name and give them one-on-one attention, which is something other colleges cannot provide. I learn more when I am able to interact with my professors, and here, the class sizes allow me to do that.

What do you appreciate most about the Department of Business Administration?

I appreciate the fact that the Business Administration Department’s faculty members are willing to work hard to make their students’ dream professions their realities. The faculty members refer students to the classes that best suit students and their majors. Also, the professors create a "real-world" classroom environment, as opposed to just lecturing. They prepare students as much as they can for the workforce by getting them involved with projects and presenting these to the professor, such as an employee would to his or her boss.

How have the faculty mentored you or given you personal attention?

Puckett, Abby '14I really appreciate the faculty members. They give me as much help as I need. Marketing is all about presenting not only yourself, but your ideas. Many professors have also helped me explore future career options. The Business Administration professors want to see their students succeed. As long as you work hard, the faculty members will help you achieve your career goals. For example, Associate Professor of Marketing and Management Teresa Massoels gave my name to a business owner when she heard about an internship opportunity. Professor Massoels picked me because she believed I was capable of doing the job, which meant a lot to me. She is one of the many SJC faculty members who do whatever they can to help their students succeed.

How do you feel about the Core Program?

The Core Program is advantageous because it allows students to jump right into the classes that pertain to their major. I feel like this is very beneficial because students get to start with classes that they enjoy. The Core Program does not force you to take classes that do not benefit your major or minor, which puts SJC far ahead of many other schools.

Puckett, Abby '14Core ties both academic and ethical questioning together, which is essential in everyday life. Core has a lot to offer over the four years and gives students the freedom to discuss the lessons taught after lecture. Discussing the lectures gives students the opportunity to express what they thought or ask questions in detail to better understand the concepts or ideas at hand. Core will help me for the rest of my life because it taught me to always ask questions, which will always lead to a better understanding.

What are your plans for the future?

After SJC, I hope to find a position at an advertising firm or be part of a business's marketing team to promote their product to its fullest.  

Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.