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Business Graduates

Kelly Boss, MBA

WHAT I DO NOW: I am currently the Co-Director of 601 Spring Event Venue, which is a gorgeous event space in downtown Shreveport. We host a wide variety of events at the venue; anything from traditional weddings to fashion shows to corporate meetings. Additionally, I work for Prevot Design Services, which is an architecture firm also located in downtown Shreveport. I assist the firm with marketing packages, construction administration documents, and all things social.

HOW I GOT TO LSUS:
I chose LSUS because of its teacher-to-student ratio and because of its high academic standards. However, soccer is what got me to first consider it.

FOND MEMORIES OF LSUS:
Being a part of the Phi Mu sorority and captain of both the soccer and tennis teams.

LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME: Dr. Karen James, Dr. Tammy Knotts and Dr. Mary Lois White

WHAT THE LSUS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP MEANT TO ME:
The scholarship gave me the opportunity to be involved on campus without the added stress of a job to pay for books or groceries. Everything helps in college and I am so grateful!

HOW LSUS HELPED ME SUCCEED:
LSUS taught me so much. I learned about teamwork and leadership, both on the field and in the classroom. Those skills are something I use not only in business, but in day-to-day life.

ADVICE TO COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS:
If you think you can take on additional activities with your course load, you should try. I had no idea that I would play both soccer and tennis and do Phi Mu. It took a lot of discipline, but was way worth it to be so involved in such an outstanding community.

ADVICE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ENTER MY FIELD:
Do internships and network!

TIPS ON CHOOSING A MAJOR OR CAREER:
When you're still deciding on a major, take just General Education courses your freshman year. That way, if you choose a different major, you don't lose credits. When picking a career, try to do summer internships in fields you think you are interested in. It may not help you figure out exactly what you want to do, but it will help you weed out what you don't want to do.

MY TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE:
My toughest professional challenge is to remember to set aside time to continue to network. Just because you have a job doesn't mean that networking should fall by the wayside. Networking is so important and can continue to help you grow in your position.

MY TOUGHEST PERSONAL CHALLENGE:
Trying not to take on too much. I have to remember I am human and can only do so much.

SUCCESSES IN MY LIFE:
• Graduated from UALR with my MBA
• Graduated from LSUS Summa Cum Laude
• Red River Athletic Conference All Academic
• Beta Gamma Sigma; Order of Omega; Phi Eta Sigma (Honor Societies)
• Chancellor's List
• Captain of Women's Soccer & Tennis Teams (2nd All Conference in Soccer)

I'VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE:
Keep your "plans" flexible.

WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD:
If I had all the time in the world I would love to be traveling. Having the opportunity to get to explore more of this beautiful planet sounds amazing!