How far would you travel to pursue your education? 100, 200 miles? How about a distance of almost 4,500 miles through several countries and across the Atlantic Ocean? That is what Gitte Amstrup faced when she left her native Denmark to complete her Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) at Southeast.
Amstrup heard about Southeast from another student who was visiting her university in Denmark. She was impressed by his description and decided to see Cape Girardeau for herself. “One of the selling points was the fact that the (MBA) program had many international students and great opportunities for working as a graduate assistant.”
Amstrup worked as a graduate assistant in both the Learning Enrichment Center and in the School of Graduate Studies. In the Learning Enrichment Center, she helped students who were on academic probation. In the School of Graduate Studies, she prepared market plans, attended the Marketing Board meetings, and wrote news articles and case stories about faculty and students in the graduate program. Amstrup feels this preparation was beneficial, “I appreciated this experience as it was highly relevant to my studies, and today I also work in marketing.”
After graduation, Amstrup returned to Denmark. She got a job at TARGIT, Denmark’s largest developer of business intelligent software and serves as a marketing manager. She is responsible for shaping the image of the company through communication, marketing, public relations and generating new leads. While at Southeast, Amstrup made sure she was prepared for this type of work. “Marketing has always been my passion, and I chose to take extra marketing classes.”
The transition for a student to leave a native country to attend school in the United States can be difficult, but Amstrup thinks the experience has been an asset. “I have achieved a greater understanding of different cultures and life outside of Denmark. This is very valuable for me today, working with marketing and communications in an international company.”