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Cara Grabowski is one step ahead in terms of her marketing degree. A senior majoring in business administration with concentrations in marketing and international business, Grabowski is also pursuing minors in both Spanish and math.

Grabowski was able to gain hands-on experience in her Advertising and Promotion class when she and teammates Maggie Oldham’07 and Lauren McCay ’08 worked on an assigned project from Teachers Credit Union (TCU). The project involved creating a marketing strategy targeting 18-24 year-olds, showing why young people should join TCU and how they can benefit from the services. Grabowski and her team came up with the “TCU Take One Ad Contest.” The contest was open to the public and entrants were encouraged to film their own commercials. Grabowski and McCay were selected as project managers, working on the project as an independent study. There were 23 entrants and the winner, Ryan Bilinski, was recently selected. The top five entries can be viewed at tcunet.com.

In addition to her real world marketing experience, Grabowski is the Spanish Club President, participates on the fundraising committee of the Senior Board, and is the marketing director for SMC-TV (the campus television station). Though she credits Saint Mary’s for providing excellent business courses and opportunities to get involved on campus, she insists that “experience is key” to developing your skills and abilities in preparation for working in the real world.

-Megan Stokes ‘09