College of Business Mississippi State University

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Justin Samuels
Justin Samuels
Business Information Systems
“The College of Business really helped me prepare for my career as a web developer by affording me the ability to think like my engineering colleagues, but also being able to comprehend and create complex business strategies.”
  • Business Major: Business Information Systems (BIS)
  • Graduation Date: May 2015
  • Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
  • Current Position: Web Developer & Designer, Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit
  • On the Job: I oversee the updating, maintaining, and creation of the department’s website and web applications. This includes creating new web applications for internal and external use; the creation of simple graphics with Photoshop or advanced CSS website themes; and, resolving any request which requires working knowledge of the Internet.
Why did you choose to attend Mississippi State University?

I chose MSU for the sense of “family” which is fostered among their students, faculty, and alumni. When first stepping onto the Starkville campus, I felt a sense of being at home, which I didn’t experience at any of my other visits at schools of comparable size. In addition, the prestige and rigor of the academics being taught at MSU, is on par or exceeds against other universities which are considered top tier in the United States. A sense of pride, strong academics, and ethics is what makes me proud to be a Bulldog and yell, HAIL STATE!

How did you select business as your major?

I picked my major through a suggestion from one of my fraternity brothers and fellow College of Business graduates. I began my academic career at MSU as a chemistry major and subsequently changed my major seven times, ranging from nutrition, culinology, and even business finance, until he noticed my natural talent in programming and suggested BIS to me, and as they say “the rest was history."

How did the College of Business prepare you for your career?

The College of Business really helped me prepare for my career as a web developer by affording me the ability to think like my engineering colleagues, but also being able to comprehend and create complex business strategies. In today’s highly competitive business world, many companies like to hire individuals whom are dynamic and can complete a variety of tasks, rather than being static with a focus in only one area. Being able to go to my supervisors with a complete business plan for a project and include a feasibility plan, cost analysis, and an estimated time to competition based off of my expertise in information systems, really makes my skill-set a weapon in the workforce. During my time at State, I learned how to do some of my web programming by taking the Advanced Language I web programming classes under Dr. Rodney Pearson and by being actively involved with the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) tutoring program which helped me reach out to the local web developer community in Starkville.