KOLINA HILL – THREE COWS AND AN MBA
In this edition of the FGB Times, our student spotlight turns to Kolina Hill, an MBA student from Granby, Missouri. Kolina is currently pursuing an MBA with finance specialization after graduating earlier this year with a B.S. in marketing.
Kolina grew up in Granby, Missouri and graduated from East Newton High School. Her interest in business was literally “cultivated” from growing up on a farm. She says, “I’m very motivated and entrepreneurial. During junior high and high school I had a roadside pumpkin and produce stand and loved having a job where I could make the business decisions and enjoy what I was doing.” During high school Kolina was also involved in DECA, an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing and other business disciplines. “In DECA I went to the international competition twice and my experiences led me to pursue an undergraduate marketing degree. I was drawn to MSU because of the quality of the business school.”
Currently, Kolina is also a graduate assistant working as a tutor for the Stats Lab in the Marketing Department. Helping students better understand statistics is something that she really enjoys and the experience has led her to consider teaching in the future, a job she had previously sought to avoid. Helping to guide Kolina’s future is Dr. Richard Keith. “Dr. Keith in the Marketing Department really helped me to plan out my college path and encouraged me to complete the accelerated MBA program here.” Although Kolina stays very busy, in the spare time she has she enjoys reading, gardening, playing the piano and running.
Kolina’s future has many potential paths. She plans to graduate with her MBA in August 2013. After that, she would like to start a career in banking or business analysis. Kolina is also considering a marketing career with a local hospice provider she currently works for part-time as an administrative assistant. Regardless of the path her career takes, Kolina is determined not to stray far from her farm roots. “I hope to one day run my own business. I would like to own a greenhouse and plant nursery. My fiancée and I would also like to one day start a small farm with the livestock we currently own.” That’s right, when we asked Kolina what people would be most surprised to know about her, she replied, “I am the proud owner of three cows.”