Manuela: DePaul helped me develop skills I can apply to my work

03 March 2021
A DePaul Alumna

A native of Colombia, Manuela Vargas learned about DePaul University from a family member, and she was attracted to the university’s location because of the many company headquarters that do business here in Chicago. After graduating from the Driehaus College of Business in 2018, Manuela secured a job in Chicago. Below, she shares some of what she experienced at DePaul with us.

What did you study at DePaul University?

I studied marketing with a concentration on digital marketing.

Why study at DePaul?

I chose DePaul because I wanted to study business. My cousin graduated from DePaul as well and told me about it. She said that DePaul was well-known among companies in Chicago because of its business program.

What did you most enjoy about your studies?

What I most enjoyed about my studies at DePaul was that your first two years are years where you can try different classes from different majors and get to know what you like and dislike. I think that my favorite class at DePaul was my Effective Business Communications class. I took it during my sophomore year. I loved that class because it taught me business skills that I now use a lot.

What was it like to move from your home country to Chicago?

At the beginning, it was hard when I moved from my home country because it was the first time I had ever been far from my family. I think what helped me the most was the international orientation. At the orientation, I met people that were going through the same thing as me these are people that I’m still talking with today.

What is your job now?

Right now, I’m the digital marketing intern at a PR and digital marketing agency here in Chicago. I love working there!

How do you think your degree from DePaul helped you obtain your current job?

I think that having a degree from DePaul is huge here in the city. As I mentioned before, DePaul is a well-known university because of their business programs, so a lot of professors have connections around the city with amazing companies that are willing to hire students. Also, the business program at DePaul prepared me for the real world. All the classes that I took helped me to develop great skills that I can easily apply to my work.

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