The University of Maine may be large, but students can definitely make their mark here, says Maine Business School senior Kristin Orr.
Last semester Orr was chosen to serve on the MBS Advisory Board as undergraduate student representative and she was awarded a scholarship by the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, dedicated to recognizing excellence in the study and practice of business. She serves as treasurer of the Lacrosse Club, belongs to the Dance Club and Tap Club, and tutors students at the accounting lab several times a week. Through it all, the accounting major has maintained a 3.9 cumulative average.
“Even though UMaine is a big school, I’ve been able to get really involved here,” she says. “It helps to get recognized and it makes you feel welcome and special. I’m enjoying the Maine Business School and I know after graduation I’ll be able to go out into the world feeling confident in my knowledge and skills.”
When Orr was asked by Professor John Mahon to serve as student representative on the advisory board, she felt honored. “I was excited because it was a great opportunity to network and seek advice from a lot of influential people.”
Last fall’s board meeting was a wonderful learning experience, she says.
“I came away with a lot of insight into how the business school functions. It was great to listen to the discussions about the challenges the school faces and about ways to increase the student body and raise funds. It was empowering to see women on the board. I enjoyed talking with (board member) Melissa Baribault. She struck me as being very strong and assertive, but she also came across as really warm and friendly. Everyone on the board went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. Now I feel as though it’s my responsibility to tell other students about the advisory board and that its members are there to support and help us.”
Orr interned at T.D. Bank in Falmouth, where her responsibilities included helping collect and analyze documentation for more than 200 projects going on in the bank. She also helped develop a user’s manual for project managers.
“It was great because I was able to help improve data integrity and got a lot of exposure to the Excel program,” says Orr, who says she’s considering returning to the Maine Business School for an M.B.A. when she graduates.
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