For Heidi Dains, the choice to attend Waynesburg University did not happen at the most advantageous time, but fortunately for Dains, the choice has proven to be the right one. Dains transferred to Waynesburg University a year after beginning her undergraduate education, and despite the challenges associated with transitioning to a new school, she has never looked back.
“My Waynesburg experience has opened my eyes to what an education can and should be. I’m very thankful to have made the transition to Waynesburg and I think that it was a very smart move in terms of getting the most out of my higher education.”
This summer, Heidi Dains, a junior business management major at Waynesburg University, is spending her time as an intern in the Customer Relations department of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.
On a typical day at Mylan, Dains handles calls from distributors and wholesalers regarding shipments, as well as interacting with other related departments. This internship has allowed her to gain everyday experience through observation of and participation in transactions, deals and the process of communication internally and via outside parties. In addition, Dains has had the opportunity to shadow people in both her department and neighboring departments, so as to gain a better understanding of what their jobs entail.
Dains believes that her Waynesburg education has helped to prepare her by teaching her the importance of hard work and dedication.
“You need to be able to voice your opinion and have the courage and knowledge to successfully make moves in the right direction and you’ll get to where you want to be,” said Dains. “The classes that I’ve taken at Waynesburg have proven helpful during my internship because we are taught real-life skills and all completely relative material.”
In addition, Dains has found the supportive atmosphere of the Waynesburg community to be beneficial in helping her to grow as an individual.
“Waynesburg is different because you build strong relationships with your professors, and those who have more experience are always willing to help you no matter what,” she said. “You’re not just another student, because someone is always looking out for you and your best interest.”
For Dains, Neely Lantz, instructor of business administration, has proven to be one of those people. In addition, Dains credits Lantz for helping her to set up her internship opportunity and for being someone she could count on for advice and resources.
Upon her graduation from Waynesburg University, Dains plans to attend graduate school, with the ultimate goal of starting her own business or making a career out of something she loves.