Ready to board a plane to serve on a mission trip in Guatemala, Zander Shashura received the news: Bayer Corporation was interested in hiring him as an intern. At 3 a.m., standing in an airport, about to leave the country, the opportunity stood as proof of God’s faithfulness to the senior business management major.
Soon after he returned to U.S. soil, Shashura accepted a position with a subsidiary of the Bayer Group, Bayer MaterialScience (BMS), in Pittsburgh. BMS is a world-leading materials provider and the leading producer of high-performance plastics in North America. With a global presence, BMS works to find solutions for the challenges of today’s world, focusing on the use of renewable energies.
As part of the controlling services department for BMS, Shashura’s tasks consisted largely of analyzing data, assisting the control team, attending daily business meetings and diagnosing and solving problems—all of which he practiced as a business major at Waynesburg University.
“Zander is successful because of his preparation,” said Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of accounting. “He puts the time in before, during and after class that is necessary to allow him to comprehend and master material. He approaches his work life with that same passion, making it impossible for people not to notice and respect him.”
In addition to being a hardworking student, as a scholar in the Stover Scholar Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Shashura has acquired the skills to set him apart as an honorable leader, both during his internship and in society.
“Zander is a distinguished scholar who always inspires others with his good cheer and fresh insights which invariably draw upon his deep Christian faith and his commitment to uphold the constitutional vision of America’s Founding Fathers,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership. “In the years ahead, he will undoubtedly become a strong ethical leader in the American business community.”
Due to his involvement in both class and scholarship, Shashura was more than prepared to start his journey this summer. Through his experience at Waynesburg and the Stover Program, Shashura felt confident conversing with top management at Bayer in a professional business setting.
The challenging aspects for the Fredericktown, Pa., native, encompassed learning the ins and outs of a large corporation.
“The most difficult parts for me were learning how all of the computer systems work, how Bayer does things and overcoming the many times I felt lost with what I was doing,” said Shashura. “These challenges were good, however, because they humbled me and made me a better problem solver.”
Through the experience, Shashura was given more than a chance to see the inner-workings of a global company and get his foot in the door. He was given the opportunity to see a glimpse into his future and know, with a little trust, things will always fall into place.
“This opportunity is a tremendous blessing to me and a reminder that God has everything under control,” said Shashura. “I simply need to trust in Him.”
Though he gives his gratitude to Professor Chicarelli, Dr. Stratton and the people he met and worked with at Bayer, his praises are firstly sent to God for choosing him to be the one to stand out for the position.
“I want to give all the glory to God for providing me with this opportunity,” said Shashura. “I know it was not because of myself or anything that I did— it was all Him and He deserves the glory for it all.”