Elise Paugh wanted to study abroad during the fall semester of her senior year. But the business administration major
wasn’t sure she’d be able to find a program that allowed her to fulfill her marketing and management requirements so she could still graduate on time.
Working with the International Experiences & Study Abroad
office, Paugh discovered a program at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, that matched her academic needs. What’s more, Paugh was able to continue her co-op marketing position by working remotely for several hours each week — from halfway around the world.
“The fact that it was even a possibility to go abroad and study business, while still having income from my co-op, is incredible,” says Paugh, a Westford native who wrapped up her degree this spring and now works as an email marketing specialist at UpToDate, a health care technology company in Waltham.
Making the most of her opportunities is nothing new for Paugh, an Honors College
student who also worked as a resident adviser and enrollment ambassador while in school. Paugh landed her marketing co-op position with high tech firm Extreme Networks after connecting with them at a Career & Co-op Center career fair. As a co-op, she learned to use customer relationship management systems Marketo and Salesforce to build email campaigns and provide analytics to the marketing departments — even while in Australia.
At the University of Queensland, Paugh took upper-level international business and new product management courses. She also studied political science to learn about the Australian system.
Some business students may be hesitant to study abroad because they mistakenly believe they won’t be able to take advanced business courses overseas, Paugh says. “But it’s very doable. I would definitely encourage Manning School students to study abroad, because it gave me a different perspective on business.”
While Down Under, Paugh was able to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef — “I have a new appreciation for sustainability after seeing firsthand how one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is being destroyed” — and spend spring break in Thailand.
“I’d never flown farther than Florida before, so I wanted to go big or go home on this trip,” says Paugh, whose experience abroad made her more willing to take risks in her career. “I want to take on whatever’s in front of me now. If you try new things it can really pay off.”