For the December Student Spotlight, we sat down with graduating senior Jesse Wildman. Jesse is excited to be graduating, but lately he has been reminiscing about his college experience. There is a great deal of nostalgia, and he considers himself grateful to be in his current position.
There are several memories that define Jesse’s freshman year. Some of his best memories include meeting a great group of friends in the Business Scholars Program and winning the intramural flag football championship. Like many students, Jesse also struggled with some homesickness. He was also rejected from Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity that he was certain was the right one for him, but he stayed persistent and was accepted into the fraternity the following semester. Finally, his freshman year concluded with the Freshman Global Lab experience to Switzerland and Italy. He had an amazing time and gained a global perspective he didn’t previously have.
During his sophomore and junior years, Jesse became very involved in his fraternity, working with corporate sponsors while serving as VP of Fundraising. But of all his wonderful memories at the college, his favorite was storming the field after the Buckeyes’ double overtime win against TTUN during his sophomore year. With an interest in digital marketing, Jesse completed a Summer Global Internship in London with a digital ad agency following his sophomore year. It was another memorable experience that included going to Wimbledon and also traveling to Dublin. He enjoyed his tightknit team at the ad agency and developed valuable connections.
Jesse made more memories during summer 2018 in Chicago, where he lived downtown in The Loop and worked for CDW as a public sales intern. He enjoyed his work experience, but he also enjoyed making great friends, going to Cubs games, attending Lollapalooza, and eating his way through the city’s many fine restaurants. He loved what the city had to offer.
Coming back to school for his final semester, Jesse was back to networking and recruiting, and he was more focused than ever with the companies he targeted. He wanted to make sure he found the right fit to begin his career. Ultimately, Jesse had his choice among multiple opportunities and he recently accepted an offer to join LinkedIn in Chicago on a sales track.
Jesse is looking forward to celebrating his graduation with his family and friends. He plans on remaining in the Columbus area with a spring internship, and he will begin with LinkedIn in July. Jesse is excited for his new chapter, but he is appreciative of his time at Fisher College of Business.
Thinking back on his memories, Jesse draws many life lessons. He now understands the importance of seeing the bigger picture and taking a step back when necessary. He believes it is important to spend time with the people who want to spend time with you, and he also considers it important to “pay it forward” by giving back to organizations and students in the college. If he could give a TED Talk it would be about how nothing we do is done alone. It would focus on the instances where people are successful thanks to those around them, such as friends, family and mentors.