Taking Care of Business

Jazmina Syed Does it All

We may not realize how underprepared we are to participate in something until it becomes a requirement. It is difficult to imagine SUNY Cobleskill student Jazmina Syed being unprepared for much. She is a member of the College’s Honors Program, president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a member of Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society. Yet it is her degree major, Business Administration, that she says helps her be a force in areas she continues to master.

“As I’m entering my professional career, I’ve found there are many ‘buzz-words’ I hear in conversations,” says Syed. “Many of the Business & IT classes have allowed me to be a strong presence in those conversations, and actually know what is being discussed… There is a certain level of confidence Business/IT classes give you when you enter the workforce.”

Still wrapping up her undergraduate studies, which include a Minor in Human Resources Management, Syed is already a member of the industry workforce – her internship with the Office of the New York State Comptroller concluded at the end of summer 2019. She aspires to return for a position in the State Comptroller’s Office’s Division of Human Resources and Administration upon earning a graduate degree. 

With her Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts, experience as a peer tutor, and involvement in extracurriculars, Syed departs SUNY Cobleskill having helped students in business management, microeconomics, English, and nutrition science. The scope of her expertise derives from hard work and intuition. Syed credits her 4.0 GPA to her interests and academic experience.

“As a student and future business person, I feel it is my responsibility to keep an eye on the news, stocks, and emerging technology by utilizing resources which I apply to topics and concepts in my courses of study. My time at SUNY Cobleskill has prepared me very well for my first leap into my professional aspirations.”

Business Within Sight

Although Anna Camporese has known since fourth grade that her calling is in optometry. She has completed core prerequisites in math and science, as well as in more-specialized subjects, such as organic chemistry. SUNY Cobleskill’s Business Administration Program is Anna’s bridge from undergraduate study to optometry school.

“I find that you don’t immediately consider the business piece,” says Camporese, of the thinking she has done (extensive, she adds) about owning and operating her own optometry practice. “There are a lot more interests beyond just science and math. The business part shows up in marketing… in knowing the latest technology, and how to purchase equipment.” A transfer student, she cites Principles of Marketing, and Ethical Management as courses fundamental to her career.

Camporese represented the College at the 2019 Free Enterprise Marathon “Speak-Off Competition” at SUNY Plattsburgh, and has been selected to handle public relations in 2019-20 for the Business Careers Club. This summer she earned hands-on experience at her brother’s pharmacy and medical supply business. Upon graduating she will be pursuing graduate study in optometry. SUNY Cobleskill’s multiple medical school and health professions graduate school agreements, as well as doctorate program agreements in biomedical sciences, provide support to students in healthcare management.

Camporese reiterates what many students say – the close collaboration and individualization of the Business Administration Program are crucial to helping focus interests. “The opinions of the students influence the teaching,” she says. It mirrors the kind of individualized care patients seek from medical professionals.

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