Misha Harneja recently approached the completion of her undergraduate journey at Chapman University, and reflects on the transformative experiences that have shaped her academic and professional trajectory. In this blog post, we delve into Misha’s insights, campus involvement, research endeavors, and the invaluable skills she has acquired at the Argyros College of Business and Economics.

Academic Pursuits and Community Impact

Misha, a Business Administration major with a Minor in Integrated Educational Studies, graduated in December 2023, a semester ahead of schedule. Her journey at Chapman has been marked by rewarding experiences, both academically and personally. Misha emphasizes the significant role the university’s community, faculty, student organizations, and campus resources have played in her development, saying “The relationships I’ve developed over the past 3.5 years have been and will continue to be valuable for my personal and professional growth.”

Actively participating in a research-intensive environment, Misha collaborated with peers, professors, and research analysts, honing skills that will undoubtedly propel her future endeavors.

Campus Involvement: A Multifaceted Approach

Misha’s campus involvement extends beyond the classroom, showcasing a diverse set of roles and responsibilities, diving deep into the Chapman campus and community:

  • Student Grader: Worked for 3 General Education environmental science courses over 2 semesters.
  • Analyst Assistant: Contributed 1.5 years to the University Advancement Prospect Research program.
  • Marketing Research Assistant: Engaged with the Argyros College of Business and Economics, participating in the Fall 2023 Student Scholar Symposium.
  • Orientation Leader: Assumed the role of guiding incoming freshmen and transfer students.
  • Honors Organization Member: Recognized for maintaining a GPA above 3.5 throughout her academic journey.

Choosing Chapman and the Argyros College

Misha’s decision to join Chapman University was driven by its academic excellence and specialized programs. Specifically drawn to the Argyros College of Business and Economics, Misha was enticed by the resources dedicated to hands-on learning, research, networking events, and career development programs. “The Argyros College has been known to provide students with the resources required to prepare for successful careers,” she says. “Along with gaining insight into Chapman’s industry connections, I’m excited to soon be a part of the university’s extensive alumni network.”

Professional Experience: A Stepping Stone to Success

Having worked with Chapman University’s Office of Career and Professional Development (CPD), Misha has gained invaluable experience in various capacities, from grading environmental science courses to being a marketing research assistant. Her recent position at a start-up marketing and business development company marks a new chapter in her growing professional journey.

In her last semester, Misha collaborated with professors at the Argyros College to delve into the dynamics of social media trends, focusing on the intriguing phenomenon of “de-influencing.” The research aimed to uncover the reasons behind this trend and its impact on social media users and creators. “This phenomenon is continuing to grow, and I’m excited to see the upcoming developments of this social media trend,” says Misha.

Misha attributes her success to the diverse skill set cultivated at the Argyros College. From creative and analytical thinking to interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and proficiency in database and visualization platforms, she believes these skills are crucial for both academic and professional success.

Cherished Memories and Future Aspirations

Among the multitude of memories at Chapman, Misha cherishes events with friends, leading orientation, and attending professional development events and meetings.

Looking ahead, her long-term career goals involve taking on leadership roles in global business development, specializing in marketing analytics and contributing to purpose-driven marketing initiatives. She says, “I envision myself contributing to purpose-driven marketing initiatives and specializing in marketing analytics to generate innovative marketing strategies.”

Misha Harneja’s journey at Chapman University exemplifies the power of community, academic excellence, and diverse experiences in shaping a well-rounded individual ready to make a meaningful impact. As she steps into the next chapter of life, the lessons learned and connections made at Chapman will undoubtedly guide her toward continued success.


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