For Vanessa Kent, success as a student is a matter of balance.
A senior in the Manning School of Business (2012-2013), Kent has juggled a packed academic and extracurricular schedule with her commitment to the field hockey team, of which she is a co-captain this year. She successfully balanced her immersion in campus life with the pursuit of a global education, making time for a summer study abroad in Germany.
“I have found a great mix here,” says Kent, who has a dual concentration in accounting and finance.
With a workload that appeared heavy enough for two, Kent has the drive and focus and was able to handle her multiple commitments.
“You just get it done,” she says plainly.
In addition to her classes and field hockey (she was a member of the 2010 NCAA championship team), she served as president of the Manning School’s Dean’s Student Advisory Board, was finance chair of the Student Government Association and vice president of the Accounting Society, among other activities.
A graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, Mass., Kent had her choice of several colleges. She picked UMass Lowell after attending an open house at the Manning School when she was a high school senior. There she met Dean Kathryn Carter and Associate Dean Frank Andrews.
“I formed a bond with them right away. They were gracious and welcoming,” she says. “I knew UMass Lowell was the right fit.”
Determined to learn about international business, Kent decided on a summer study abroad program, which wouldn’t conflict with her campus or field hockey commitments. She spent the summer of 2011 studying finance at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt. The experience was eye-opening for her.
“Study abroad can totally change you,” she says. “I was able to step outside my comfort zone and meet other students from all over the world. I learned how global economies are all connected.”
Kent’s professional goal is to become a certified public accountant at a top public accounting firm. To prepare herself for the professional world, she worked as a financial planning intern in the summer of 2012 at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
“I learned a lot. It’s a great organization,” she says.
Whether it’s on the playing field, in the dorms, or in the classroom, Kent feels like students have numerous opportunities to make an impact at UMass Lowell.
“If you’re willing to put yourself out there, you will have an awesome experience here.”