My name is Jennifer Nicolaisen, and I’m a 22-year-old junior here at Carolina. I’m a little older than the average age in my class because I took a year off after high school to do some independent travel around Europe for 6 months. I was born in Philadelphia, but moved to Gerrards Cross (a small town outside London, England) when I was in kindergarten. My family moved back to the States during that awkward phase in life that occurs between childhood and adolescence. I went to high school in the Washington D.C. area, but am very happy to be relocated here in the South, where things are generally warmer and people are so much more hospitable.
I’m a linguistics major with a double minor in Chinese language and creative writing. As much as I’d love to write novels and live the exciting life of a starving artist, I would rather position myself to maximize my earning power as an adult, and have consequently decided to focus on marketing and business development outside of class.
I experienced much success and discovered a passion for market strategy formation over the course of two internships I’ve had the past few years. I worked for the international business university INSEAD in Singapore after my freshman year, and helped to design a marketing function for a small capital projects consulting firm called IPA last summer. When I graduate, I’d love to do the Peace Corps for a couple years. After that, I’d like to go back to school and get my MBA, hopefully at INSEAD. I’m really excited about the opportunities that the UBE program stands to provide. I hope to add value to the team as an effective business development professional, and gain the concrete business skills I lack as a humanities major.