Aviana Vasko graduated from Walsh College last year and is planning to return and begin working on her master’s degree in September. That’s not only a testament to her determination, but to her business savvy as well.
With the money she saved at Macomb, Vasko had reasoned, she would be able to afford a bit more traveling, she’d already visited Europe and Aruba, and an early start on her master’s degree. So far it’s all going according to plan.
I had a lot of conversations with my mom when I graduated high school,” says Vasko, Henry Ford II High School class of 2013. “We agreed Macomb was the better option and I am extremely glad I decided to stay home, save all that money and receive the same education. I loved a lot of my teachers at Macomb, and the flexibility to take classes around my schedule.”
When she was a student at Macomb, Vasko could often be found in the library studying, where she appreciated the close proximity of coffee and pre-made sandwiches. An amateur photographer, she had plans to open her own studio. At first, she took accounting and marketing courses at Macomb because it made sense to know the practical side of running a small business. But, then, she discovered that she was good at it.
“I still enjoy photography, but as a hobby,” says Vasko. “I still want to be creative, and marketing offers me the best of both worlds.”
Vasko earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree from Walsh, taking most of her courses online or at the University Center on Macomb’s Center Campus.
“It was an easy process to transfer from Macomb to Walsh,” says Vasko, “and the University Center was in the perfect area for me.”
A quality assurance associate with i3Logic, Vasko is finding the experience invaluable as she learns about the business culture. She believes a master’s degree in marketing will open up more doors for her as she makes her way toward her dream job: head of a marketing department.
“I’m active with the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, which is a great networking opportunity,” says Vasko. “In business, it’s about working as a team and constant improvement. In marketing, it’s about showing the customer how you can make their life better.”
And that, says Vasko, is what Macomb and Walsh have done by showing her how to combine creativity with her own innate business sense.
“I never thought I would go to a business school,” says Vasko. “You just never know where life is going to take you.”